Christmas Eve accidents claimed the life of a Hewitt man, and sent a second man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries while shutting down Interstate 35 for three hours Sunday morning.
Police report 59-year-old Kevin Barry Gerard McAndrew of Hewitt stopped to retrieve a package that had fallen from the top of his vehicle after a late-night shopping trip when he was hit and killed by a car in the 700 block of Hewitt Drive, near Walmart Supercenter.
The initial investigation revealed McAndrew had been shopping at a store in the 600 block of Hewitt Drive. It is believed he may have inadvertently left items on the roof of his car, said Waco police Sgt. Patrick W. Swanton.
Swanton reported that when McAndrew pulled out of the parking lot onto Hewitt Drive, one or more of the items fell into the lane of traffic. McAndrew stopped his vehicle on the shoulder and walked into the roadway to retrieve the item and was struck by a passing vehicle, according to Swanton.
The Waco Fire Department, as well as a crash reconstruction team, emergency medical personnel and victim’s services, responded to the crash scene around 2:30 a.m.
Around 7:15 a.m. Sunday, Waco police officers were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident in the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 underneath the Valley Mills Drive flyover.
Officers found 19-year-old Juan Rivera laying on the shoulder of the roadway, having been ejected from the 2007 Nissan SUV he was driving.
Rivera was transported to Baylor Scott and White-Hillcrest with massive life-threatening injuries.
The southbound lanes of I-35 were closed for three hours as a result of the accident.