GILMER -- A Hallsville man died Sunday night after wrecking his motorcycle and then being run over by a pickup truck whose driver fled the scene in rural Upshur County, said investigating Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brandon Love
The trooper gave this account of the accidents and related events:
Hardin and Ms. Miller were southbound on 726 between the intersections with Texas Hwy. 154 and Farm-to-Market Road 1650 (near Glenwood community) when Hardin swerved the 1999 Honda Shadow to miss a deer. The driver lost control and ran into a ditch on the roadway's right side, throwing him and Ms. Miller off the motorcycle.
Hardin was lying in the southbound lane when, probably within 30 seconds, the southbound pickup overran him and stopped momentarily before continuing southward on 726. A man who was sitting on his porch witnessed the motorcycle accident and was going to help when he saw the pickup run over Hardin.
The witness couldn't tell anything about the driver, but said nobody exited the vehicle. Authorities have no description of it other than it was a white pickup, and anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Tyler DPS office at (903) 939-6000 or the Upshur County Sheriff's Office at 843-2541.
Leaving the scene of the accident was a felony offense.
Hardin and Ms. Miller weren't wearing helmets, but she was able to call 911 on her cell phone. Love was notified of the incidents at 7:15 p.m.
David Sterling, 55, of Gilmer, was southbound when his 2001 GMC pickup struck the calf, Love said. Sterling exited the truck, was charged by the animal, and received a minor knee injury when he ran and jumped back into the vehicle, said the trooper.
Love said he was called to that accident at 10:30 p.m., arrived at 10:39, and was turning his patrol car around when he witnessed the second crash. The calf had run northward up the road, and 55-year-old Amron Dailey of Gilmer overturned her southbound 2005 Chevrolet Mailbu when she swerved to miss the animal, the trooper said.
"I saw her car rolling in my headlights in the ditch ... I saw it roll twice," Love said. Ms. Dailey escaped injury when the vehicle ran off the roadway's right side and ended up right side up, straddling a ditch.
She was wearing her seat belt, which "definitely saved her from getting ejected," Love said.
Both accidents occurred near the intersection with Blue Bell Road, and both Sterling and Ms. Dailey were alone in their vehicles, Love said. Both reside on the FM road, he stated.
The calf, located in a field off the roadway some time after the two crashes, survived.