A Dayton woman who fatally struck a Harris County deputy in east Houston this morning has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
HCSO Deputy Jesse Valdez III , 32, was on duty patrolling in the 2300 block of E. Wallisville Rd. at Honeysuckle St. just after midnight when a Ford Explorer driven by Kelly Jo Ivey, 29, collided head-on with his patrol car, HCSO reported. A passenger in Ivey’s SUV, Casey Byfield, 36, has also been charged with possession.
“[Valdez] was operating a marked patrol car of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, eastbound in the 2300 block of E Wallisville Rd., in east Harris County. The suspect was driving a green colored, Ford Explorer westbound on the road,” HCSO Deputy D. Drake reported . “The suspect failed to drive in a single lane of traffic and crossed left of center. The front of the suspects vehicle struck the front of the patrol car. The collision resulted in the death of the deputy sheriff. The suspect was seriously injured in the collision and evacuated by ambulance to the hospital. The suspect was observed to have indicators of impairment and a blood sample was obtained from the defendant. The suspect had been traveling together with a male passenger. The male was not injured in the collision. While collecting and documenting evidence of the crash, investigators found the defendant and the male passenger to be in possession of illegal narcotics. The defendant and male passenger are charged with possession of a controlled substance.”
The deputy was transported via LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann Trauma Center, where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 1 a.m.
“We will never forget his service. We will never forget his sacrifice,” said HCSO Sheriff Adrian Garcia.
Ivey was released from prison Oct. 2 after serving part of a two-year sentence for another meth case, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Ivey also served time behind bars in two earlier theft cases.
Ivey is being held at Harris County Jail with no bond.