LUFKIN, Texas — Lufkin Police say what they originally thought was a fatal hit-and-run that occurred early Saturday morning on Loop 287’s Moffett Road overpass was an accident.
The victim has been identified as James Parrott, a 53-year-old homeless man from Lufkin.
Police initially believe Parrott was the victim of a hit-and-run accident, but upon further investigation, it appears he suffered a bicycle accident or medical issue that caused him to collapse in the road. Upon collapsing, he suffered a head injury.
He had been lying in the road for an unknown amount of time when a car struck him and his bicycle.
The driver of that car did stop at the scene. The driver believed Parrott was in the road due to being hit by another vehicle. The driver tried to swerve and miss Parrott, but he was unable to do so.
Video footage from an 18-wheeler who passed Parrott just before he was struck by the car, showed his bicycle undamaged, lying beside him on the road.
The incident remains under investigation, pending autopsy results.