Pedestrian struck and killed on Interstate

Preliminary investigation finds man ran into path of truck when driver tried to avoid him

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 25, 2008 - A 24-year-old pedestrian died Tuesday night after being hit by a truck-tractor trailer on Interstate 30.

Ines Fernando Sanchez, 24, of Sulphur Springs was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Yvonne King.

Sulphur Springs Police Department's emergency dispatchers were notified of a wreck involving a pedestrian and an 18-wheeler in the inside lane of Interstate 30 west at about 10:10 p.m. Tuesday.

The dead pedestrian was found at the end of the concrete dividing wall just east of the 122 mile marker on I-30, which is where the collision was believed to have occurred. The big rig involved in the fatality was two miles away at the 120 mile marker.

The Kenworth truck-tractor trailer unit out of Arkansas was traveling west on I-30 shortly after 10 p.m. when the driver noticed a man standing in the road at the 122 mile marker. The truck driver attempted to avoid the man by steering to the right, but the pedestrian ran into his path, according to the initial crash report by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Bill Reese, who is in charge of the accident investigation.

Sulphur Springs police and firefighters and Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services personnel were sent to the location. A helicopter was also put on standby but soon called off, as it quickly became apparent the pedestrian was deceased, according to reports.

Police Lt. Norman Sanders called for a justice of the peace, and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were contacted. Funeral arrangements for Sanchez are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Another crash invoving a car and a cow was reported inside the city limits while police were working the fatality. Sheriff's officers responded to that accident on Loop 301. No serious injuries were reported.

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