At 9:30 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020, Police Officer Alan McCollum was struck and killed by a drunk driver while conducting a traffic stop on Highway 358 near Carroll Lane, Corpus Christi, TX.
He and two other officers were on the scene of the stop when another vehicle struck one of the patrol cars, then struck him and a second officer. Officer McCollum suffered fatal injuries and the other officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The vehicle that struck officer McCollum was driven by 26 year-old Brandon Portillo, who was arrested, booked, and charged with intoxication manslaughter, intoxication assault, and driving with a suspended license.
Officer McCollum served in the U.S. Army for 21 years and was a recipient of the Bronze Star. He had served with the Corpus Christi Police Department for almost seven years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
At Officer McCollum’s funeral, his widow Michelle said: “…I will be relentless in my pursuit for justice for my husband. I will never quit when it comes to pursuing new laws for these types of tragedies…”
Corpus Christi Police Officer Michael Love was the colleague injured in crash but fortunately is recovering.
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