ANNA, Tex. (KXII) - A Van Alstyne man, 65-year-old James Cooley, died Saturday morning after his motorcycle collided with an SUV going through the construction zone in Anna.
Anna police Sgt. Chad Butler said it's the third fatality crash in the 4.5 mile stretch of construction since the project began in 2016. He said drivers need to slow down and stay off their phones.
"We've seen an increased number of accidents on 75 from construction," Butler said. "It's just a growing pain, we're all gonna have to work through."
Cooley's pastor at the First United Methodist Church in Van Alstyne, Scott Holcomb-McLain, said Cooley was on his way to a meeting for a prison ministry he served in when he was killed.
"James Cooley was one of the most outstanding men I've known, as well as a servant to Christ and to the world," Holcomb-McLain said.
Cooley was also a Stephen Minister, a non-ordained pastor who gives pastoral care. He served several positions at the church, including fill-in preacher. He also owned a local contracting business.
"He was just a beautiful man, father, grandfather," Holcomb-McLain said. "The loss is devastating to his church and community."
His funeral will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.
Anna police and the Texas Department of Public Safety are still investigating what exactly caused this accident.