A DPS Trooper Will Be Honored This Friday

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper killed in a Montague County crash will be laid to rest Friday.

56-year-old Corporal David Slaton died Monday night when his patrol car hit a cow on US 81.
The impact forced him into oncoming traffic causing him to hit a semi truck.
The accident happened two miles south of Ringgold.
Our crews were on the scene when authorities began their investigation.

Trooper Tony Fulton tells Newschannel 6 more than one cow provoked the accident.
He also says charges could be filed against the person who owns the cattle.
Fulton says it depends on how many times, if any the cows have gotten out before this incident and what shape the fence was in.

Slaton had been with the DPS in Bowie for more than 30 years.
Corporal Slaton is survived by his wife and son.
His funeral will be this Friday at 10 A.M. at First Baptist Church in Bowie.

Slaton will also be honored during the 2nd annual DPS Memorial Bicycle Ride.
This Friday, a trooper will ride from Waxahacie to Austin.
Then Saturday he and 30 other riders will raise money for a new memorial on DPS grounds.
The memorial will honor those killed in the line of duty.
Proceeds will also be put in a disability fund to assist DPS officers and their families in times of need.