GALVESTON — A retired Houston police officer was killed and his wife is in critical condition after their motorcycle slammed into a car on the seawall Saturday night. The woman driving the car that struck the motorcycle faces intoxicated manslaughter charges, Galveston Police spokesman Lt. Michael Gray said.
Dana Tweedie, 61, and his wife Linda, 52, were headed west on Seawall Boulevard near 69th Street when a car driven by an 18-year-old Dayton woman was pulling out of a convenience store parking lot.
Gray said the driver attempted to cut across Seawall Boulevard and head east, failing to yield to oncoming traffic when Tweedie’s motorcycle struck the car.
Police said the retired officer had no time to avoid the collision. There were two other people in the car with the driver.
The Tweedies were taken by ambulance to The University of Texas Medical Branch where Dana Tweedie died. Linda Tweedie remained in critical condition Sunday afternoon.
Dana Tweedie was a 25-year Houston Police Department veteran before his retirement. His wife, a 30-year police veteran, still works for the Houston department, Galveston police said.
Callie Inman was charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. She was in the county jail on bonds totaling $150,000.
“This is a tragic situation that need not occur,” Galveston Police Chief Henry Porretto said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tweedie family and the Houston Police Department.”
The fatal accident was one of two serious motorcycle accidents in Galveston during the first weekend of Mardi Gras.
Another accident happened on the outbound lanes of the Galveston Causeway at about 8 p.m. Saturday. There were no details on that accident available, but Gray said the injuries sustained by the motorcycle rider were not life threatening.