UPDATE: Lufkin Police have now identified the person that was killed in the bicycling accident early Saturday morning, and they have updated their report to show that the man was NOT the victim of a hit and run accident.

The victim in yesterday morning’s fatality is identified as James Parrott, a 53-year-old homeless man from Lufkin. LPD initially believed 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. Please keep Mr. Parrott’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

ORIGINAL STORY:

 

The Lufkin Police Department is investigating an overnight hit and run fatality involving a bicyclist.  The incident occurred early Saturday morning on Loop 287’s Moffett Road overpass.

According to a press release, a man was riding his bicycle when a vehicle struck him. Though no one witnessed the accident, authorities believe it happened just before the first 911 call came in around 3:45 a.m.

Contributed Photo/LPD

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.  Lufkin Police officials have advised that his identity will be released once family notification has been completed. The incident remains under investigation.

This is the second hit and run fatality that has happened in the Deep East Texas in just the past week.  The Department of Public Safety reported a hit and run fatality involving a pedestrian that occurred earlier this month.  That incident took place on Highway 7, just east of Nacogdoches.

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Anyone with information on the suspect and suspected vehicle of the incident that took place on the Loop in Lufkin is asked to call the Department at 936-633-0356 or Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous at 936-639-TIPS.