On Thursday, January 17, 2002, at 12:08 a.m., Border Patrol Agent Eloy Hernandez was killed in an automobile accident while on patrol near Progesso, Texas. He was rounding a curve on a gravel road when his vehicle rolled over twice. A fellow Border Patrol Agent located the wreck. Agent Hernandez was flown to a local hospital but had already succumbed to his injuries.
Agent Hernandez had been with the Border Patrol for over three years and was assigned to the Mercedes, Texas Station. He was a native of Mercedes, Texas. He was a graduate of the 367 session of the Border Patrol Academy at Glynco, Georgia, and was assigned to the Weslaco Station at the time of his death.