On March 15, 2007, Border Patrol Agent Trainee David J. Tourscher and Border Patrol Agent Ramon Nevarez, Jr. were involved in a single vehicle accident on NM Highway 338 near Cotton City, New Mexico, at approximately 9 pm. Agent Tourscher was flown to a hospital in El Paso, Texas, where he died early the following morning. Agent Nevarez succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
Agent Tourscher entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol on June 26, 2006, as a member of the 625th Session of the Border Patrol Academy. Following graduation, he was assigned to the Lordsburg Station in the El Paso Sector. At the time of his death, he had served with the Border Patrol for only nine months. Agent Tourscher was 24 years old and is survived by his parents, brother, and sister.