Man killed, woman injured after being run over by pickup on SH 45

DPS: Texas Rangers investigating deadly crash on SH 45 as an intentional act. (KXAN: Fabian Mendoza)

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Texas Rangers are investigating a deadly crash that shut down East State Highway 45 just after midnight Tuesday morning.

Authorities say a pickup truck, pulling a boat, was driving along SH 45 at County Road 172, just west of Interstate 35, when a “dispute” broke out among the six people inside the truck. The driver, identified by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office as Joe Harvey, pulled over and three people got out of the pickup and continued the fight.

According to the sheriff’s office, Harvey got back into the pickup and started to drive off, knocking down a man and a woman who were still outside. The man, who has not been identified, was killed. The woman, identified as Harvey’s sister, Heather, was taken to St. David’s Hospital in Round Rock with serious internal injuries.

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody called the incident a “unique situation.” The sheriff’s office and Texas Rangers are conducting parallel investigations.

Investigators initially called the incident an “intentional act,” but are now classifying it as “accidental.” When asked why, Sheriff Chody responded saying investigators just don’t know yet what happened. This incident is still being investigated and that designation may very well change again.

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