BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH
A Dallas man was killed instantly after he was struck by an 18-wheeler on U.S. Highway 190 in Kempner Monday night.
Texas Department of Public Safety officials identified the man as Robert Dean Foster, 87. Foster was in the area after visiting family in Lampasas, authorities said.
DPS Trooper III Mark Owens said the accident occurred about 9:50 p.m. a half-mile east of Kempner city limits.
“Just before this wreck, there was a vehicle with a family in it that hit a deer in that area, and the deer was laying dead in the roadway,” Owens said. “That was a completely different wreck.”
Foster reportedly stopped his vehicle, a red 2004 Chrysler Town & Country minivan, in the center turn lane of U.S. 190 near where the deer carcass laid.
“He had exited the Chrysler and approached the dead dear lying in the right, eastbound traffic lane,” Owens said.
At the same time, a blue 2014 Freightliner tractor was towing a semi-trailer eastbound on the highway in the outside lane.
“Upon observing the deer in the roadway, he attempted to avoid striking the deer by steering his vehicle left and into the left [inside] eastbound lane,” Owens said.
The trooper said the driver of the Freightliner did not see the pedestrian in the roadway until it was too late, and the truck struck Foster.
Foster is believed to have died on impact and was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Greg Chapman.
A passenger in the truck, Ahmednur Hussein Abdi, 55, of Minnesota was asleep in the truck cab at the time of the collision and was uninjured. The driver, Mohamud Yusuf Aideed, 46, also of Minnesota, suffered shoulder pain which authorities said was due to the effort he exerted on the wheel in his last attempt to turn the truck away from the pedestrian. He refused medical treatment at the scene.
Authorities closed all four lanes of traffic while units from Kempner Volunteer Fire Department managed the scene. First responders cleared the area about 3 a.m. Tuesday, and DPS troopers returned to the scene at 9 a.m. Tuesday for further investigation.
While Foster’s motive for crossing the highway is unknown, authorities said his family indicated he occasionally removed animals from public roadways.
BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH