Charges are pending against a suspect arrested in a traffic accident that killed an on-duty Houston police officer at 101 North Loop East (North Interstate Highway 610 East) about 3:45 a.m. today (May 29).

The suspect, Johoan Rodriguez (H/m, DOB: 4-13-85), faces charges of intoxication manslaughter of a peace officer, felony evading in a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

Officer Kevin S. Will, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene. Officer Will, who was sworn in as an officer in Sept. 2009, was assigned to the Vehicular Crimes Division.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant D. Usher and Officer C. Hall reported:

Officer Will was on duty, conducting an investigation on a previous accident on the 610 North Loop near Yale when Rodriguez, driving a silver Volkswagon Bug, passed through a police barricade blocking the freeway. Officers pursued the Volkswagon but, before it could be stopped, the vehicle fatally struck Officer Will.

Rodriguez was taken into custody at the scene and then transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. Officer Will is survived by his wife and two children.

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