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Man dancing in street during manic episode struck by oncoming tractor trailer 


A man is dead after being struck by a semi truck while dancing in the middle of a Houston street on Friday night. 

The incident occurred on February 17th in Houston, Texas at around 10 p.m. 

Police say that the man was dancing in the middle of Breen Drive when he was hit by an oncoming flatbed semi truck. The trucker, identified as Gabriel Valdez, stopped a short distance later and cooperated with authorities. 

“Valdez was traveling eastbound at the 8400 block of Breen Drive,” the statement said. “Eric Becker was standing in the roadway at the 8400 block of Breen Drive. Becker was reported to have been jumping in front of vehicles driving in the area. Valdez struck Becker with his Peterbilt truck tractor in the eastbound traffic lane.”

Houston Chronicle reports that Valdez showed no signs of being impaired at the scene and was not taken into custody. Officers believe that poor lighting may have been a factor in the accident. The victim’s family confirmed that he was having mental health issued and had even suffered an episode earlier that day. 

The incident is still under investigation.


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