Man struck, killed while crossing Hwy. 12

Published 8:25 am Wednesday, November 27, 2019

By Dawn Burleigh


A man was struck and killed by a vehicle as he attempted to cross State Hwy. 12, near Woodridge Drive, in Orange County.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers responded to an auto-pedestrian crash on State Hwy. 12at approximately 6:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Preliminary DPS crash investigation indicates that a 2008 Dodge passenger vehicle was traveling westbound on State Hwy 12.

Two pedestrians, Bo Riley, of Orange, and a female were attempting to cross State Hwy. 12.

The female crossed the highway safely, but Riley was struck by the Dodge passenger vehicle.

Riley, 26, was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Hershel Stagner Jr. at the scene.

The driver of the Dodge, 42-year-old Angela Merkel of Orange, was not injured in the crash.

All eastbound and westbound traffic lanes of State Hwy. 12 were closed for approximately two hours but have since reopened.

This remains an ongoing investigation as Troopers work to determine the exact factors that contributed to this fatal crash.