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November 8, 2012

82-year-old GBC pedestrian killed

Athens — An auto-pedestrian accident in Gun Barrel City was fatal to an 82-year-old man, Wednesday morning police said.

The victim, Charles Cook, was walking beside Bedford Bend when he was struck by a vehicle driven by 31-year-old Jason Cumbie. Cook died at the scene.

Gun Barrel City Assistant Chief of Police Larry Warrick said Officer Brian Huckabee saw Cook lying on the right side of the roadway at about 8:26 a.m.

Warrick said Huckabee got out of his vehicle, and checked Cook for a pulse. 

When he didn’t detect one, the officer began to perform CPR on the victim.

The body was half in the ditch, and half on the roadway, so Huckabee moved it to a pavement to be able to perform CPR on a flat surface.

Gun Barrel City Fire Department first responder Stacie Boyett arrived a short time later, and began assisting Huckabee with CPR.

East Texas Medical Center EMS arrived at 8:41 a.m. Within a few minutes, they contacted Justice of the Peace Bill Blaylock, who pronounced Cook dead, and ordered him sent to the medical examiner in Dallas for an autopsy.

Warrick said Cumbie returned to the scene, and spoke with Huckabee concerning the wreck. 

Cumbie told the officer that he was eastbound on Bedford Bend when the road curved into the direction of the sun, causing a glare on the windshield. Cumbie said he heard a loud sound in front of the truck, and got out to see what had happened.

Cumbie reportedly told police that he found an elderly man in the roadway, tried to call 9-1-1, then started CPR.  When Cook didn’t revive, Cumbie said went to an address on Bedford Bend trying to get help.

DPS assisted police in working the accident, Warrick said. The GBCPD continues to investigate the death, and is awaiting autopsy results.

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