A man was hit by a vehicle in Decatur Wednesday morning after he jumped out of a pickup on U.S. 287, just north of Farm Road 1810 in Decatur.
A witness said Mark Chavez, 22, of Albuquerque, N.M., was seen rushing out of the median in front of a southbound Chrysler Pacifica at about 11 a.m.
Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said Chavez walked out in front of the van and appeared to throw his hands up just before he was hit. He bounced off the Pacifica, driven by Lisa Workman, 49, of Chico, crushing the windshield before he landed in the middle of the road.
According to the victim’s mother, Luz Rodriguez, Chavez had jumped out of her pickup just before he got hit by the other car. She said she was attempting to take him to a rehab facility in Dallas for his drinking and drug abuse.
“I’ve seen this before,” said Decatur Police Sgt. Mike Range who was photographing the scene. “Some people don’t want to get help, and they aren’t in their right mind.”
Chavez was awake but appeared to be going through shock when medical help arrived. He was transported by Wise County medics to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur and flown from there to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
Hoskins said Chavez was thrown high into the air from the impact. One of his black leather shoes rested on the side of the highway, knocked about 20 feet from him.
Decatur Police Department is investigating the accident, and Decatur Fire Department assisted at the scene.