Police in Forest Hill are working to find out why a vehicle struck a funeral escort riding a motorcycle on Saturday afternoon. The 58-year-old male victim was a private contractor working for a funeral escort company. He was not a police officer.
It happened around 1:16 p.m. in the 5300 block of Forest Hill Drive at US 287/Mansfield Highway.
Police said the funeral procession was traveling east on Mansfield Highway when a vehicle stopped at a stop sign on Forest Hill Drive pulled onto US 287/Mansfield Highway, hitting the man on the motorcycle.
Officers said the victim was launched 30 feet into the air and landed in the median. One witness told NBC DFW she rushed over after hearing the wreck and tried to perform CPR before paramedics arrived. He was taken to the hospital where he died.
Police have not released the victim's name.
In the vehicle was a couple that police said appears to be in their 70's or 80's. They were also transported to the hospital as a precaution but did not appear to suffer any serious injuries.
Police spent five hours re-configuring the accident scene to see what exactly went wrong and led to the crash.