Texas Cop Who Won Back-to-Back Department Awards Dead After Off-Duty Crash: 'Heartbroken'

Officer Nancy Dominguez was "a dedicated public servant and cherished member of the Princeton community,” the Princeton Police Department said

<p>Princeton Police Department</p> Princeton Police Officer Nancy Dominguez

Princeton Police Department

Princeton Police Officer Nancy Dominguez
  • Officer Nancy Dominguez was killed after her car was involved in an off-duty accident on April 20, the Princeton Police Department said 

  • A member of the police force since 2022, Dominguez has earned several accolades in her career

  • "We are devastated and heartbroken," police said in a Facebook post

A Texas police department is in mourning after one of its officers was killed following an off-duty motor vehicle accident on Saturday, April 20. 

In a Facebook post, the Princeton Police Department announced the death of Officer Nancy Dominguez, who joined the force in 2022.

“We are devastated and heartbroken to share the passing of Officer Nancy Dominguez, a dedicated public servant and cherished member of the Princeton community,” the department wrote.

According to authorities, the incident occurred around 5:20 p.m., local time, at E. Lucas Road and Lakeview Drive where police responded to a two-vehicle crash, per NBC affiliate KXAS.

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Police also said that Dominguez was off-duty at the time of the crash, ABC affiliate WFAA reported. It's unclear what led to the crash at this time.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said that a Ford F-150 truck had lost control amid wet road conditions and hit Dominguez’s Honda Civic, according to Fox affiliate KDFW.

“Officer Dominguez was transported to Medical City McKinney and tragically succumbed to injuries she sustained in the accident,” the Princeton Police Department wrote in its Facebook post.

Authorities said that Dominguez began her career with the Princeton Police Department in 2022 and earned accolades during her tenure “including 2022 Rookie of the Year, 2023 Rookie of the Year, 2023 Citizen Commendation Award, multiple Letters of Commendations from the Department, 2023 Life Saving Award, and multiple RISE Awards.”

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Nick Smith of the Collin County Sheriff's Office told KDFW that Dominguez "always had a smile on her face, always happy to be there, just always in a good mood."

PEOPLE has contacted the Princeton Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, April 21, the Princeton Police Department said they would leave Dominguez’s squad car parked in front of the Princeton Municipal Center to honor her.

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“Her squad car will remain in place until she is laid to rest, allowing anyone who wishes to pay their respects to her unwavering passion and selfless sacrifice.” the department said in the caption.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety said it is investigating to see if charges will be filed, per KDFW.

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