A 17-year-old male died Friday morning after police say he parked his pickup on the side of Interstate 35 near New Braunfels and stepped in front of an 18-wheeler.
According to the New Braunfels Police Department, at approximately 8:15 a.m., the NBPD and New Braunfels Fire Department were dispatched to the 3900 block of I-35 North (southbound main lanes – directly in front of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center) for reports of a vehicle versus pedestrian incident.
Emergency crews arrived and found a 17-year old male from San Marcos lying in the middle of the interstate. EMS personnel arrived and determined that life-saving measures would be ineffective and a Justice of the Peace was called to the scene to make the official death pronouncement.
The identity of the victim is being withheld until next of kin has been notified.
The initial investigation (which includes eyewitness reports) indicates that before the crash, the 17-year old male pulled his pickup truck over into the grassy median, exited the vehicle and intentionally walked directly in front of the oncoming 18-wheeler.
The driver of the 18-wheeler, a 52-year old male from Indiana, was not injured in the crash. No charges or citations are expected to be filed.
Following the incident, all of the main lanes of Southbound I-35 in that area were shut down so that the New Braunfels Police Department Traffic Unit and Criminal Investigations Unit could investigate the scene.
The scene has now been cleared.