Ennis resident Michael Patrick Cohan Jr., 35, was killed in a single-vehicle accident that took place at 11:57 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. First responders were dispatched to the 300 block of U.S. Highway 287 Bypass.
Upon arrival emergency crews found a tan 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe that had rolled multiple times located on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 287. The vehicle had four occupants at the time of the accident, and two were ejected about 25 feet from the vehicle.
Ellis County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3 Curtis Polk was called to the scene and pronounced Cohan dead at 12:40 a.m. Polk ordered that Cohan's body to be taken to the Dallas Medical Examiner’s Office for a full autopsy.
Firefighters set up a landing zone for an Air Evac Lifeteam medical helicopter on the highway, which transported one of the occupants to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Another occupant was transported by East Texas EMS ground ambulance to Methodist Central Hospital and the third occupant left the scene uninjured.
According to preliminary police reports, the Tahoe was traveling in the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 287 Bypass when one of the passengers allegedly grabbed the steering wheel and pulled to direct the vehicle onto the exit ramp the vehicle was passing. The report stated that this caused the vehicle to roll over six times.
The Waxahachie Police Department is still investigating the accident to confirm these details.