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Border Patrol Agent Killed in Car Crash While on Duty in Texas; funeral set for today

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A funeral is scheduled today for a Border Patrol agent who was killed in a two-car crash whir on duty near Carrizo Springs, Texas, on Friday, KSAT reports.

Tyler Robledo, a three-year veteran of Border Patrol, was just 34 when he was involved in a head-on collision while on patrol. The other driver also was killed.

“It’s a real small community and to see him, one of the good persons, it’s really hard,” said family friend Martha Esquivel.

“When dealing with things like this, it’s never easy. He’s one of ours whether you know the agent or not. Either way he’s part of our family,” said Jose Gamez, supervisory Border Patrol agent and Del Rio sector commander.

Robledo is survived by his wife and two young children.

Former FBI Director Freeh Nearly Struck 3 Motorists Before Crashing Car in Vermont

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh nearly struck two cars and a motorcycle head-on at a high rate of speed, one of the drivers told police, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Van Coleman said the drivers took evasive action to avoid a collision after Freeh’s SUV swerved into the left lane of Vermont 12.

Coleman told the Free Press that Freeh was  “was doing about 60 to 65 miles per hour and was on the left side of the road.” The speed limit was 50 mph.

Freeh’s car swerved off the road and into a tree. He was seriously injured.

“His head was down, so I thought he had fallen asleep,” Coleman said.

Police: Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh Likely Fell Asleep Before Serious Car Crash

Louis Freeh

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Before his car drifted across the road and crashed last week, former FBI Director Louis Freeh likely fell asleep and won’t be cited.

ABC News reports that Freeh can’t recall why his car crashed in Barnard, VT.

Investigators said they won’t know for sure what caused the accident, but evidence points to him falling asleep. Drugs and alcohol were not a factor, investigators said.

No brake or swerve marks were spotted on the road.

Freeh, 64, was seriously injured in the crash and was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

The hospital declined to release his condition Wednesday.

Condition of Ex-FBI Chief Freeh Remains Mystery After Serious Car Accident

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh remained hospitalized Wednesday but officials remained tight-lipped about his condition, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Freeh, 64, of Wilmington, Del, crashed his SUV on a rural stretch of southern Vermont on Monday and has been in the hospital since under armed guard.

Authorities said no drugs or alcohol were involved.

The special protection is in place because of Freeh’s work against terrorists.

The accident remains under investigation.

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No Drugs, Alcohol Suspected in Crash That Injured Former FBI Director Freeh

Louis Freeh

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to play a role in the car accident that seriously injured former FBI Director Louis Freeh, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Freeh, 64, of Wilmington, Del., remains in serious condition at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. where he’s being protected by armed guards.

The accident happened Monday when Freeh’s 2010 GMC Yukon veered off a rural stretch of road in Vermont.

Investigators found no evidence of brake marks or skids.

Freeh was traveling alone and wearing a seatbelt.

FBI Investigating District Attorney’s Use of Forfeiture Fund As Hush Money After Car Crash

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents are investigating District Attorney Craig Watkins in Dallas after he used more than $50,000 in asset forfeiture funds to secretly reach an agreement following a car accident in which he was involved, WFAA 8 reports.

Watkins said he couldn’t talk about the investigation.

Agents are focusing in on the ruse of asset forfeiture funds to pay the settlement, which may be illegal, experts said.

“We are troubled by the actions undertaken by Mr. Watkins,” State Rep. Jason Villalba told News 8. “He is a steward of the public trust. He has a duty to manage the public’s trust in a way that doesn’t violate the rule of law. What we see here is a clear abrogation of his responsibility to treat asset forfeiture funds in the ways that the existing authorities have determined they should be treated.”

Under the settlement, the man hit by Watkins’ car agreed not to speak to the media or he’d be forced to turn over $40,000, according to WFAA 8.

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Border Patrol Agent Who Died in Car Crash While on Duty Wasn’t Wearing Seatbelt

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent who was killed while in a rollover accident on duty was not wearing a seatbelt, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Agent Alexander Irving Giannini was driving a Dodge patrol truck on Interstate 10 in Arizona on Wednesday morning when “the truck’s left rear tire failed when the tread separated from the tire,” said Officer Carrick Cook, a state Department of Public Safety spokesman.

“The truck rotated clock wise and traveled right and off of the asphalt portion of the roadway,” Cook said. “When the truck entered the right dirt shoulder, it began to roll over.”

While Giannini, 24, was ejected, the passenger Agent Van Keith Hartwigsen was wearing a seatbelt and remained in the truck while it rolled.

Hartwigsen suffered “minor injuries and is expected to have a full recovery,” said Agent Nicole Ballistrea, a spokeswoman for the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector.

One Border Agent Killed, Another Injured in On-Duty Crash in Arizona

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Border Patrol agents were on duty when their vehicle rolled over in Arizona, killing one of them and injuring another.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that tread separation contributed to the accident at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 10 about eight miles east of Benson.

The agents were rushed to the University of Arizona Medical Center.

One of the agents, who worked for Border Patrol for five years, died en route.

Details were still unclear Thursday morning.