An 8-year-old girl lost her father in a horrific head-on crash in Fort Bend County, Texas on Friday morning.
Brian Manring, 36, also known as the “Candy Man” because he owned a vending business, was headed to pick up a worker, Kadeem Graham, when the accident occurred at 6:30 a.m. Friday.
“Every day was a great moment,” Graham told a KTRK-TV ABC13 Eyewitness News reporter. “He always made you laugh. He was that one funny friend.”
Manring was headed eastbound on Beechnut near FM 1464 when the police officer, who was off-duty and has not been named as of yet, struck his Corvette head-on with his Chevrolet Tahoe, causing extensive damage to the driver’s side of the Z06.
The cop, who has worked with the Houston Police Department almost seven years, refused to take a field sobriety test on the scene, though investigating cops on the scene detected a smell of alcohol on him.
“Subsequently, we did get a warrant and did a blood draw from him when he was transported to the hospital,” Major Chad Norvell said.
The results of that test won’t be known for two to three weeks, so no DWI charges have been filed yet, a normal procedure, according to local attorney Kate Ferrell, an attorney at Tyler Flood and Associates, a firm that specializes in DWI cases.
In the meantime, the cop, who is assigned to the Midwest Patrol Station, has been relieved of duty.
“That makes it 10 times worse,” Graham said. “He’s supposed to be protecting and serving.”
Manring’s neighbor, Taryn Keene, talked to KTRK about her friend’s relationship with his daughter.
“That’s what Brian lived for, to put a smile on Holly’s face,” Keene said, “and she’s not going to have that anymore. It’s horrible. I’m crying for him, and I’m crying for Holly.”
Keene said she wants to know the consequences for the cop. “When are they going to come and what are they going to do about it? I want to know.”
Another longtime friend of Manring, Mindy Nees, told KRPC-TV Click2Houston: “He was just a big kid, always trying to improve himself, a great dad. We will miss him so much.”
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