Harker Heights vehicle fatality


Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced a person is dead after a pick-up truck drove off a ledge and caught fire in an affluent subdivision of Harker Heights Friday afternoon.

HARKER HEIGHTS — One person is dead after a pickup truck drove off a steep embankment and caught fire Friday in an affluent subdivision.

About 4:45 p.m. Friday, Rick Miller, retired Bell County attorney, said he was doing a crossword puzzle in the sunroom of his Sutton Place home when he heard three loud pops and saw flames rising from his backyard deck.

Miller said he quickly grabbed a hose to quench the flames.

“I was worried about my house catching on fire,” Miller said.

From his back porch, Miller could not see a person trapped inside the cab of the older model pickup truck, he said.

The truck drove over Miller’s grassy lawn and through a narrow passage between Miller’s residence and his neighbor’s home.

“I don’t know what the explanation is, but it is going to be a tragic accident,” Miller said.

The driver was pronounced dead at 5:23 p.m. by Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke.

Police were unable to determine the sex or the identity of the body Friday afternoon.

“At this point, until we can identify the body and get an autopsy, we don’t know much,” said Jeff Waggoner, a detective at the Harker Heights Police Department. “This is not something you normally see.”

Contact ​Brandon Janes at bjanes@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7552

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Worried about his personal property catching on fire? Par for the course.

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