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Victim of mishap identified

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, July 20, 2013

A man hit and killed by a truck on Texas 114 near Rhome Monday morning has been positively identified as Juan A. Sanchez-Reyes of Dallas.

Sheriff David Walker said Friday that the 39-year-old’s death will still be considered questionable until the full results of the autopsy are available, but investigators believe it was a suicide.

About 5:30 a.m. a Chaney truck was westbound on 114 just past the Shale Creek Subdivision when it struck Sanchez-Reyes in the roadway.

The victim, who had no ID on him, had knife wounds to his chest, which investigators first thought may have been self-inflicted. Walker said he learned Thursday that they were most likely from a knife fight that occurred sometime Sunday.

Using information obtained from a car found one mile east of the scene, investigators tracked down Sanchez-Reyes’ brother, Jorge F. Sanchez-Reyes, 42, in Dallas. He said the two had fought the night before.

According to the elder brother, the fight started in the car in Dallas. Walker said they pulled over or stopped at some point, and Jorge said he got out of the vehicle. He told investigators that Juan took off in the car, and he hadn’t heard from him since.

The truck driver told investigators the man jumped in front of her.

“She would have taken evasive action if she could have,” the sheriff said earlier in the week.

The Department of Public Safety began investigating the incident as a motor vehicle accident, but late Monday afternoon Sgt. Lloyd McKinney said it appeared to be a suicide, at which time they turned the case over to the Wise County Sheriff’s Department.

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