The Texas Department of Transportation Lufkin District Office has issued a statement saying that auto-pedestrian fatalities are on the rise in their nine-county area. Meanwhile, we’ve had two recently in and near Jasper, which is in the TXDOT Beaumont District.

According to TXDOT spokeswoman Rhonda Oaks in Lufkin there were only two auto-ped fatalities in the Lufkin District last year, but so far this year there have been ten; 6 in Nacogdoches County, 3 in Polk County, and 1 in San Jacinto County.

Oaks also said that TXDOT officials in Austin have also noticed a statewide increase of auto-ped fatalities this year. Oaks said that in 2021, pedestrian deaths account for one in five of all traffic fatalities across the state.

Here in Jasper County, on Sunday, August 29th, Frederic Joshua Goleman, 59, of Jasper, was walking on the shoulder of Highway 63 West about a mile outside of Jasper when he was struck and killed by a 2019 GMC pickup truck, driven by Patrick Bell, 45 of Merryville, Louisiana.

Nine days later, on Tuesday, September 7th, Nathaniel Greene, 34, of Kerrville, was walking alongside Highway 190 East in Jasper when he was struck and killed by a 2002 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Shanise Fowler, 29, of Wiergate.

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