On January 5, 2011 at approximately 1:23 AM, Ellis County Sheriff’s Department Communications received a call regarding a possible body lying on the roadway of southbound IH-45 between Mile Markers 259-260. Local police searched the area but were unable to locate anything.
At approximately 2:21 AM, Communications received a second call concerning an animal, possibly a deer or large dog, on the roadway of southbound IH-45 near Mile Marker 263. When police arrived on scene, it was discovered that it was the body of a person. The person had been hit by an unknown vehicle, and then run over several more times before being found.
The person was identified as Jeremy Elton Lofton, DOB: 8/9/1988. During the investigation, it was determined that Mr. Lofton had made a purchase at a store in Ferris, and video recovered showed him leaving the store at approximately 9:05 PM on January 4th.
It is believed that Mr. Lofton was walking on or near the shoulder of southbound IH-45, and pulling a small, dark colored, rolling suitcase, when he was hit. The impact knocked him into the center lane, and he was then run over by several other vehicles before being discovered.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information concerning this incident, please contact Highway Patrol Trooper Terry Eaton in Waxahachie at (972) 923-6671.