Man struck, killed on U.S. 380

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, January 5, 2019
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A Decatur man was killed Thursday morning when he was struck by an 18-wheeler on U.S. 380 a couple of miles east of Decatur.

HIGHWAY DEATH – Officers investigate the scene of a pedestrian death at the entrance of a business Thursday morning on U.S. 380 near Decatur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Jeffrey Scheller, 27, of Decatur apparently walked in front of an eastbound 18-wheeler at the entrance of Imperial Fabrication on U.S. 380 east of Decatur around 8:45 a.m., Wise County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Craig Johnson said.

Scheller was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow.

“At this point, it appears intentional,” Johnson said. “We’re conducting a joint investigation with the Department of Public Safety due to the unattended death and accident.”

Johnson said from the information they’ve gathered, Scheller was an employee at Imperial and had been working just prior to the incident.

Scheller’s body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.

Johnson said it is not clear why Scheller stepped in front of the truck.

“We’re working to come up with our best guess as to why it happened, but we don’t have a handle on that yet,” he said.

Wise County EMS, Decatur Fire Department, Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office, DPS and the sheriff’s office responded to the scene.


DAMAGE – The 18-wheeler involved in Thursday’s fatal wreck pulled off onto the shoulder of U.S. 380 following impact. The driver was not injured. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Memorial service for Scheller is 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church Chico. Family visitation is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

The death marked the first traffic fatality of 2019 in Wise County.

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