Tire rolled in half and killed 32-year-old man: Texas police


Texas cops say a tire flew off a semi and crashed into a man’s car, killing him.

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A 32-year-old man died Thursday, Aug. 4, when a tire that fell off a tractor trailer struck his vehicle, a Texas sheriff’s office said.

The driver of the car was traveling south on Interstate 75 near Louetta two tires fell off the tractor trailer, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. Louetta is about 30 miles northwest of downtown Houston.

The tires rolled “out of control,” and one bounced into the northbound lane, where it struck the windshield and the 32-year-old driver, the sheriff said. The roof of the car was also torn off from the impact.

Lee Simmons, the man driving the car, died at the scene, Gonzalez said. In the back seat was an 11-year-old passenger, who KPRC reported is Son of Simmonsreceived minor injuries.

A second tire struck a vehicle in the service lane, but the driver was not injured, the sheriff said.

According to the GoFundMe, Simmons is the father of five children, ages 12, 11, 9, 22 and 11 months.

“I’m shaking now because that’s how quickly life can hit youJoshua Gable, who was driving behind the truck, told KTRK. “One minute you’re driving down the road and the next minute you’re gone.”

The truck driver stopped after the incident, Gonzalez said. Deputies continue the investigation.

Mike Stanson covers the news in real time for McClatchy. A 2011 graduate of Western Kentucky University, he previously worked at the Paducah Sun and Madisonville Messenger as a sports reporter and at the Lexington Herald-Leader as a breaking news reporter.
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