Pedestrian killed, Round Rock officer hit — and then lightning struck


Within a five-hour span along a single stretch of Interstate 35, a pedestrian was killed by a car, a Round Rock police officer was seriously injured by another car, and three investigators were treated after a lightning strike.

The unusual chain of events began about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, when Round Rock officers responded to a call about a pedestrian walking near I-35. When officers arrived, they found a body on I-35 near Old Settlers Boulevard, Round Rock police officials said.

Officials have not confirmed the identity of the dead pedestrian. Nor have they identified the driver who struck the man. Anyone with information about the crash may call Round Rock police at 512-218-5515.

Police temporarily closed part of northbound I-35 for the death investigation, and Williamson County sheriff’s deputies helped with the crash scene.

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During that closure, a driver hit one of the Round Rock police officers who was directing traffic on I-35 near Palm Valley Boulevard. That crash happened about 6:40 a.m.

The officer, an 18-year veteran of the police department, was taken to a hospital. The officer, whose name was not released, was in serious condition Sunday afternoon.

The 65-year-old driver whose vehicle struck the officer was being held for investigation Sunday. Officials said any criminal charges were unlikely to come before Monday morning.

As the investigation into both crashes continued around 10 a.m., lightning struck near the area where officers were working. Two Round Rock police officers and one law enforcement support technician were taken to a hospital as a precaution and were released a short time later.

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