A 45 year old Michigan man was struck and killed by a Cumby Police vehicle early this morning near the 114 mile marker on the south Interstate 30 service road, according to local authorities.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were notified of the vehicle-pedestrian crash on the south I-30 service road, about 5 miles east of Cumby, at approximately 12:32 a.m. Jan. 20, 2021, according to DPS Sgt. Gregg Williams, Texas Highway Patrol Media Communications.
The tractor trailer the man was driving had broken down on Interstate 30 while it was being worked on. The man, who said to have been dressed in all black clothing, reportedly entered the south service road, walking, He was reported to have stepped out right in front of a Cumby Police vehicle. The officer was reported to be unable to avoid striking the man with his vehicle, according to local authorities.
“Preliminary investigation indicates a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe was westbound on the service road and struck a pedestrian. The driver of the Chevrolet did not see the pedestrian who was standing in the roadway,” Williams stated in a release about the crash.
The man, identified as 45-year-old Donald Hollan of Westland, Michigan, died at the scene, Williams reported. Local authorities pronounced the man dead at 12:45 a.m. Jan. 20, 2021. The body was sent to the Dallas medical examiner’s office for autopsy, as is standard procedure in fatal crashes, according to Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace BJ Teer.
The driver of the Chevrolet was identified by Williams as 34-year-old Jonathan Painter of Commerce. The Cumby Police officer was reportedly shaken, local authorities reported. The officer was not injured, according to DPS and local officials.
“This crash remains under investigation and no additional information is currently available,” Sgt. Williams reported around 10:15 a.m. Jan. 20.