UPDATE: Hit-and-run victims identified

UPDATE: UPSHUR COUNTY (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - 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

Officers were seeking a white pickup which overran 35-year-old Maxwell Kyle Hardin as he lay in the roadway of Farm-to-Market Road 726 after wrecking the motorcycle in an accident which also injured his girl friend, Love said. Hardin died after being taken by ambulance to East Texas Medical Center-Gilmer, where Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace W.V. Ray pronounced him dead at 8:35 p.m., said Love.

Donna Rene Miller of Hallsville, who was marking her 36th birthday, was taken by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview with possible head injuries, but was expected to recover, Love said. She and Hardin had left a birthday party for her at her home in Hallsville, the trooper said.

Authorities do not know whether it was the motorcycle crash, or the pickup, which killed Hardin, Love said.

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.

Those were the first of four traffic crashes attributable at least partly to animals in rural Upshur County on Sunday evening. The other two, both caused by a calf who strayed into Farm-to-Market Road 2263 three miles east of Gilmer, resulted in no serious injuries, according to Love.

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.


UPDATE: UPSHUR COUNTY (KYTX) - Victims of a hit-and-run Sunday night have been identified by DPS officials.


Maxwell Kyle Hardin, 35, of Hallsville was pronounced dead at ETMC in Gilmer. Hardin's passenger, Donna Rene Miller, 36, of Hallsville sustained a head injury and is in serious condition at ETMC Gilmer.

Investigators tell CBS 19 that Hardin allegedly lost control of his motorcycle while trying to miss a dear in road and both he and Miller were thrown from the bike.

A white older-model single-cab pickup ran over Hardin and did not stop to render aid, according to dispatchers.



UPSHUR COUNTY (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - The Texas Department of Public Safety is looking for a vehicle that ran over a man in Upshur County.

DPS dispatchers said about 8 p.m. Sunday a motorcyclist was lying in a roadway for an unknown reason when an oncoming older-model white single-cab pickup ran him over. Officers do not believe the truck knocked the man off his motorcycle, but after running him over, it did not stop to render aid, according to dispatchers.

The man was taken to East Texas Medical Center – Gilmer, where he died. His name has not been released pending notification of next of kin. The accident happened on Farm-to-Market Road 726, south of Texas Highway 154. The white truck was last seen traveling south on FM 764 from FM 1650, dispatchers said.

Anyone with information on the vehicle should call DPS at 903-393-6001 or the Upshur County Sheriff's Office at 903-843-2541.


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