Driver slams into deputy

Ruiz OK after multi-vehicle collision

Julye Keeble

Staff writer

Edwards County Sheriff Deputy and Uvalde resident Adrian Ruiz was injured in a crash Wednesday at 6:50 p.m. approximately three miles out of Rocksprings on Highway 377 South near RR 674.

Ruiz was expected to be discharged from the hospital in San Antonio on Friday afternoon.

Ruiz was conducting a traffic stop involving a black truck when an oncoming northbound motorist driving a red truck struck the deputy’s parked patrol unit, which then struck the black truck and Ruiz.

Edwards County Sheriff Pamela Elliott said at the time the driver of the red truck, identified as Carlos Antonio Alanis, stated he had fallen asleep at the wheel.

Ruiz was transported via helicopter and treated at San Antonio Military Medical Center for a fractured femur and a broken elbow. Alanis was also hospitalized.

Ruiz and his wife, Julie, have six children. He graduated from the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at Southwest Texas Junior College, and was president of the spring 2019 graduating class. He is a certified emergency medical technician who was employed with Uvalde EMS for approximately nine years and a member of the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department for more than seven years.


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