Two people, including the father of nine children, died as the result of a wrong-way two-vehicle crash on the Gulf Freeway (Interstate 45).
The accident was reported around 2:30 a.m. Monday on the Gulf Freeway near the Almeda Genoa Road exit.
An off-duty uniformed University of Houston - Clear Lake police officer, later identified as Joe Segovia, was driving southbound on the Gulf Freeway when a gray Chrysler 300, which was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes, struck the gray Scion xB that Segovia was driving. Both drivers died as a result of the accident.
Segovia joined the University of Houston-Clear Lake Police Department on Jan. 9. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran and previously served as a lead police officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Tomah, Wisc.
Despite only joining the UH-Clear Lake PD recently, Segovia, a patrol division officer, was regarded as "an exemplary officer and will be greatly missed," according to a statement released by the university on Monday.
Because Segovia was not on duty when the accident took place, his family is not eligible to receive local, state and federal death benefits, but a fund has been established to help his family manage his final expenses. To donate to Segovia's family, send a check to the following address:
University of Houston-Clear Lake Police Department
2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77058
(Please write "Joe Segovia Fund" in the memo section of the check.) All donations will be given directly to Segovia's family. He is survived by nine children.