Update: This story has been updated to reflect a change in the date of the memorial service to Thursday. Read more about the service here.
The Austin Police Department will hold a public memorial Thursday for Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq, who died late Sunday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle wreck earlier in the week.
Police said Abdul-Khaliq, 46, was driving in a funeral procession Thursday at Burnet and Ohlen roads when 51-year-old Ana Marie Prado pulled in front of him during a gap in the procession, causing him to slam into her vehicle. Police described it as one of the worst officer-involved collisions they’d ever seen. He had been recovering in the hospital but took a turn for the worse and died Sunday.
Abdul-Khaliq’s body was taken to a mosque in East Austin early Monday, where he was laid to rest in a private ceremony, officials said. A 17-year veteran of the department, he leaves behind five children aged 10 to 21.
“I’ve never heard anybody say a single bad word about Amir. He was a prince,” Acevedo said at a press conference Monday. “It never ceases to amaze me in over 30 years, we always lose the best. That’s because the best are always working, always serving.”
Austin police plan to accept public donations for Abdul-Khaliq’s family and will provide details on how to contribute soon.
Acevedo said the department would be reviewing its funeral procession policies in light of the wreck, since an officer died in a similar collision in San Angelo a year ago. He urged drivers to follow processions as ordered, rather than try to control traffic.
Prado was cited for failing to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle, a Class C misdemeanor, Acevedo said. He said Friday he would push for additional charges if Abdul-Khaliq died from his injuries and is currently reviewing the situation with the district attorney.
Travis County and misdemeanor prosecutors will meet with Austin police detectives in the next couple days to review evidence, officials said. County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg said she has asked a prosecutor specializing in vehicular cases to examine “what charges may be appropriate.”
County Attorney David Escamilla added that one of his prosecutors will be assisting in the review.