Some very sad news.
LA GRANGE — State Rep. Joseph Moreno of Houston was killed today when a pickup truck he was driving overturned on a highway.
State Rep. Rafael Anchia of Dallas and a legislative staffer suffered minor injuries. Police said Moreno, 40, who was driving, apparently overcorrected after the truck slipped off the shoulder of the eastbound lane of State Highway 71.
The truck veered into the median and flipped several times, said Lawrence Roome, communications officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety Communications station in Pierce. All three occupants were wearing seatbelts.
Anchia and Monica Lisa Pinon, chief of staff to state Representative Joseph Pickett of El Paso, were taken to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin where they were treated and released.
Moreno, a Democrat, was first elected to the House in 1998. Anchia, also a Democrat, was elected in 2004.
My condolences to Rep. Moreno’s family. He was a good guy, and he’ll be missed.
UPDATE: The Chron story linked above has fuller coverage now. Rep. Aaron Pena remembers his friend.
UPDATE: More from Rio Grande Valley Politics.