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Officer Killed in Crash, Wife Expecting Triplets

Officer Killed in Crash, Wife Expecting Triplets

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Washington Post via YellowBrix

April 05, 2010

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD – A Montgomery County police officer whose wife is pregnant with triplets was killed Sunday when his police car ran off the road and struck a tree in Wheaton, officers said Sunday night.

Hector Ayala, 31, was responding to a call from another officer who needed assistance at the scene of a fight, a department spokesman said. Ayala was driving west on Randolph Road about 2:20 a.m. when his 2003 Ford Crown Victoria left the road and slammed into a tree.

“He was a great friend, a great police officer, a great husband. He was definitely everything rolled into one human being,” said Officer Philip Meyer, who met Ayala at the Montgomery police academy seven years ago and recently worked on the same shift.

Police released little information about the crash, saying that many of the details, such as whether Ayala was wearing a seat belt, were under investigation.

Fluent in Spanish, Ayala was invaluable working the midnight shift in the Wheaton district, where many residents speak only Spanish. He regularly was called by other officers to help interpret.

Ayala’s parents were from Puerto Rico, said Meyer and another colleague, Alex Miranda. Ayala grew up in New Jersey, where he met his wife, the two officers said.

Ayala’s wife gave birth to their first child, a son, 14 months ago. “He’s walking around, a ball of energy,” Meyer said.

Ayala was always buying tiny toy cars and trucks for his son, his friends said. The officer liked working on real cars in his spare time.

After finding out his wife was pregnant with triplets, Ayala seemed ready for the challenges. “He was ecstatic about it,” said Miranda, who had been tapped to be a godfather to one of the children.

The triplets are due in June. Ayala’s colleagues told his wife about the crash Sunday morning.

At the police academy seven years ago, Ayala taught classmates how to box, and he later took them to Atlantic City to see pro fights. He took an intellectual approach to policing and talked about possibly joining the FBI.

He spent his entire Montgomery career in the Wheaton district, his friends said. He particularly enjoyed working “midnights,” in which officers work from 8:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., often responding to events as they’re happening.

“He felt like he could make more of a difference,” Meyer said.

Even in the middle of the night, it wasn’t uncommon for Ayala to hear from his wife.

“She always called Hector to check on him,” Miranda said.

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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    RIP.. My prayer goes out to the family and friends.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Rest in peace. Hope and prayers to his family and all of those in which were a part of his life.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in peace officer your service will never be forgotten. Peace and strength to the family during this tragic time.

  • Quickley-b240_max50


    over 4 years ago


    How many times have we all been in this situation? I have been there and was lucky enough to have not hit anything after spinning out of control for what seemed like minutes. Such a waste of life. My prayers go out to his wife and kids and of course to his friends and colleagues.

  • Dscf2012_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace my brother... We will pray for you and your family.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    My prayers are with your wife and family as well as the many Montgomery County brothers and sisters in blue. I know you'll take care of his family as they struggle thru the months ahead.

  • Img_3794ma26750579-0005_max50


    over 4 years ago



    R.I.P. Hector Ayala.

  • 119_1923_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in peace Officer Ayala. My prayers go out to his wife, son and triplets. Vaya con dios, mi amigo.

  • Az_phx_motorcade1a_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Oh God no ....

  • Draped_badge_max50


    over 4 years ago


    RIP brother...May God comfort your wife and 3 babies...NTX5oh said it best...

  • 12235_sq90_max50


    over 4 years ago


    RIP Brother. GOD be with you and yours.

  • Shrel-only_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Tragic. God bless and comfort the family & friends. Our prayer are with them.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    We are praying for Hector's family and colleagues. Very sad. His family will need lots of support.
    Det. M.C. Williams

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Extremely sad and tragic.
    May God bless your soul and your loves ones.
    R.I.P. Brother, you won't be forgotten.
    E.P.D. Hermano, no the olvidaremos.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    oh my god. "that sucks" just doen't really even cover this one. such a tragic loss. the person i'm worried most about now is his widow and 3 un-born children that will never get to meet daddy.

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