Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Fatality - A Tragic Choice (Update)

New Braunfels, Texas —

Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Fatality - A Tragic Choice  

Eyewitnesses say it was with purpose, that a 17-year-old San Marcos man, stepped out in front of an 18-wheeler on IH-35 this morning. NBPD’s Sergeant Tim Brinkkoeter tells KGNB that just after 8:15am., New Braunfels Police and Fire crews were dispatched to the 3900 block of IH-35 North, in the southbound lanes-directly in front of the WalMart Distribution Center. There, first responders found the deceased body of a young man in the middle of the interstate. According to Brinkkoeter, witnesses report seeing the male pull his pickup truck over to the grassy median, get out of the vehicle, and then intentionally walk in front of the oncoming 18-wheeler. The driver of the 18-wheeler, a 52-year-old Indiana man, was uninjured in the accident, but we’re told was “extremely shaken” by the ordeal. No charges or citations are expected to be filed. Following the incident, all of the main lanes of Southbound IH-35 in that area were shut down so that the New Braunfels Police Department Traffic Unit and Criminal Investigations Unit could investigate the scene. Traffic was diverted off the interstate at the Conrads/Kohlenberg exit. According to Brinkkoeter, the truck-driver did not have time to swerve, which Brinkkoeter thought was likely a good thing. With the high volume of traffic at that hour, things could have been much worse had the driver swerved and caused other cars to swerve and possibly crash. Fortunately, no one else was injured in the incident. 

UPDATE from the NBPD: "The victim in this morning’s fatal vehicle versus pedestrian accident has been identified as 17- year old Hunter Michael Thornton of San Marcos and next of kin has been notified. Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders has ordered an autopsy, and the investigation continues; however, the initial investigation indicates that the cause of the incident was most likely suicide."