GALVESTON, Texas (KHOU) – A 61-year-old retired Houston police officer was killed Saturday night when a teenager plowed into his motorcycle on Seawall Boulevard in Galveston.
Former HPD Officer Dana Tweedie was on his motorcycle, along with his wife and current HPD officer, Linda Tweedie, 52. They were heading west on Seawall Boulevard just before 8 p.m. when a red Camaro struck them, according to Galveston police. They just finished celebrating Mardi Gras with fellow officers from a motorcycle group.
Investigators said 18-year-old Callie Inman, of Dayton, was pulling out the parking lot of the Valero at 69th Street when her vehicle hit the Tweedies. Witnesses said Inman got out of her car and tried to blend in with the crowd after the accident. Police think Inman was intoxicated on prescription drugs and illegal drugs.
"It was the worst thing I could ever see," said Julie Cangemi, a witness. "All of a sudden we heard this big boom and I jumped out and realized it was a car and a motorcycle involved.
"The girl that they claimed was the driver she was freaked out and said, ‘I hope he's not dead.' She started putting her fingers through her hair and was walking around panicking," said Cangemi.
Dana Tweedie, a 25-year veteran of HPD, was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, who has been with the force for 30 years, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
Inman was charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault, and booked into the Galveston County Jail. Her bond was set at $150,000.
"This is a tragic situation that need not occur. An impaired driver took a great member of the Houston community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tweedie family and the Houston Police Department," said GPD Chief Henry Porretto.
Dana Tweedie also has a brother, Bill, who serves as a sergeant with HPD.
The Tweedies only have one son together. Kyle is in the military. He flew in to be with his mom. In a text message he told reporter Malini Basu, " I want Callie Inman and her friends in the car to get the max penalties for taking my dad's life and hospitalizing my mom.'
The Tweedie family also released this statement:
"We want to thank everyone for the tremendous outreach of support at such a difficult time. The support extended to our family has been incredible and overwhelming. A special thanks goes to the Galveston Police Department, the Houston Police Department and the Houston Police Officer's Union. We also want to thank the media for the respectful reporting and honorable portrayals of Dana and Linda. The thoughts and prayers have meant more than you can imagine. We thank each of you very much."
Anyone interested in donating to the Tweedie family's medical or burial expenses may send cash or checks (payable to HPOU) to the Houston Police Officer's Union, 1600 State Street, Houston, Texas 77007. Please note "Tweedie" in the memo and 100 percent of these funds will go to the Tweedie family.