LUFKIN, Texas (KETK) – The Lufkin Police department identified the man who died while riding his bike Saturday morning.
The victim in the fatality was identified as James Parrott, a 53-year-old homeless man from Lufkin, according to Lufkin PD.
Lufkin police initially believed Parrott was the victim of a hit-and-run wreck when they received the call around 3:45 a.m., but upon further investigation found he suffered a bicycle accident or medical issue which caused him to collapse in the road.
Parrott was riding his bike on Loop 287’s Moffett Road overpass when he collapsed. Upon collapsing, Parrott sustained a head injury.
Parrott had been lying on the road for an unknown amount of time when a car struck him and his bicycle.
Police discovered that the driver did stop at the scene. The driver believed Parrott was in the road due to being hit by another vehicle. According to the Lufkin PD, the driver tried to swerve and miss Parrott, but was unable to do so.
Lufkin police said that 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.
Lufkin police said that the incident remains under investigation.
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