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Texas DPS sergeant killed in single-vehicle accident

Sgt. William 'Karl' Keesee

BROWNWOOD, Texas - Brownwood-based Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. William "Karl" Keesee was killed in a single-vehicle accident late Thursday in Mills County.

Keesee, 49, was on duty at the time of the crash on Hwy 84 near Goldthwaite.

KTXS News will provide more details as they become available.

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Here's the Texas Department of Public Safety news release in its entirety:

A Texas Highway Patrol Sergeant died Thursday night in Mills County following a one-vehicle crash.

Sgt. William "Karl" Keesee, 49, was driving southbound on U.S. Highway 84 near Goldthwaite when his patrol vehicle left the roadway, traveled over the guardrail and into a creek bed.

The wreck was reported at approximately 11:25 p.m. after a passing motorist noticed debris on the roadway.The exact time of the crash and the cause are still under investigation.

"The DPS family is deeply saddened by the loss of one of Texas' finest, Sgt. Keesee. Our state has lost a great man and outstanding peace officer, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this very difficult time," said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

"During his more than 25 years of proudly serving this department and the people of Texas, Sgt. Keesee touched countless lives, and his selfless service and sacrifice will always be remembered."

Keesee joined DPS in 1990 and was stationed in Brownwood. He is the 217th DPS officer to die in the line of duty since 1837. He is survived by his wife and two children. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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