Officer Ronnie Lerma was an 11-year law enforcement veteran of the Garland Police Department and assigned to the Traffic Division when he died in the line of duty. Officer Lerma stopped a traffic violator on the morning of September 21, 1998, on IH 635 near Centerville Road. A passing motorist struck Officer Lerma and the stopped vehicle. Officer Lerma died at the accident scene. The man responsible for Officer Lerma's death was arrested.