Victoria man dies in hit-and-run on US 87
By Caty Hirst - CHIRST@VICAD.COM
March 2, 2013 at 10:02 a.m.
Updated March 2, 2013 at 9:03 p.m.
Leon Dean went out in the middle of the night expecting to help his baby brother get a ride home.
But before he could get there, his brother, Troy Allen Dean, 37, of Victoria, was killed in a hit-and-run on U.S. Highway 87 South, 1 mile north of Nursery Drive, about 4 a.m., said Trooper Gerald Bryant, of the Department of Public Safety.
"My body just went numb," Leon Dean said, describing when he arrived at the scene. "I was yelling and screaming and crying."
Leon Dean said he got the call about 3:30 a.m. Saturday to check on his brother, who had pulled off to the side of U.S. Highway 87 South, for an unknown reason.
"He had called his girlfriend, and why he took off walking, we don't know. I got a call to go out there and check on him, but by the time I got out there, it was too late," Leon Dean said, struggling to speak.
Bryant said Dean appears to have been walking in the outside lane and was struck by a vehicle, possibly a tractor-trailer.
Leon Dean said his brother had two children, both boys, ages 11 and 14.
"They are dealing with it. That is all I can say. They are trying to stay strong," Leon Dean said, recalling how his brother enjoyed spending time with his sons.
"My brother loved to fish a lot. That was his favorite thing in the world to do, with him and his kids."
Leon Dean also said his brother, who worked for a Crossroads irrigation company, made friends easily.
"My brother basically knew almost everyone. He was one of the types of guys where anywhere he went, he had friends. He could go anywhere and just fit in and make friends. He was just warm and caring; truly, he was very friendly," Leon Dean said.
Bryant said officials do not have a description of the vehicle that struck Dean but said the driver could face a felony charge for failing to stop and render aid.
Dean was pronounced dead at the scene by Victoria County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Robert Whitaker.
The death is being investigated by DPS Trooper Vern Sterry.