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Pastor fatally struck on Sherman highway while helping stranded motorist

A man was hit and killed by a semi truck Saturday night, after police said he was trying to help people involved in a crash on Highway 75.
A man was hit and killed by a semi truck Saturday night, after police said he was trying to help people involved in a crash on Highway 75.(kxii)
Published: Jul. 20, 2020 at 5:22 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2020 at 10:53 AM CDT
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - A Houston-area pastor was hit and killed by a semi-truck Saturday night after police said he was trying to help people involved in a crash on US Highway 75.

“Initially a Chevy truck pulling a trailer was involved in a crash with a Dodge Charger, causing the Dodge Charger to catch on fire,” Sherman police Sgt. Brett Mullen said.

Mullen said they got the call about a crash on U.S. Highway 75 near FM-691 around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

One car involved caught fire, and two men pulled over on the highway to help.

“A passerby stopped and got out to help was struck by a passing semi-truck that was passing by the crash scene,” Mullen said.

That passerby was 38-year-old John Powell, who died at the scene.

Officers said Powell saw a semi-truck coming toward the other man who stopped on the highway to help, and Powell pushed the other man out of the way to save him.

“Since it’s still under investigation, what charges, if any that will be filed have yet to be determined,” Mullen said.

Mullen said the initial crash involving the truck and Charger resulted in minor injuries.

According to a GoFundMe account set up for Powell’s family. He was the pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church in New Caney, near Houston.

The fundraiser said Powell left behind his wife and four young children.

It has already raised more than $124,000 for the family.

The man who started the GoFundMe, Andrew Walker, said he has known Powell for nearly two decades.

He wrote in part, “In true form, this servant and gentle leader we all knew and love gave his life so that others may live.”

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