Waxahachie man perishes in I-35 wreck

Waxahachie resident Richard Dean Barton II, 34, was killed Monday night in a two-vehicle wreck.

Emergency crews were dispatched at 10:23 p.m. to the northbound Interstate 35E service road between the 400 and 401 mile-marker.

Barton was on a motorcycle and had stopped on the service road to talk with a pedestrian when he was hit from behind by another vehicle, said Jackie Miller Jr., Precinct Two Justice of the Peace. Miller pronounced Barton's death.

“The gentleman on the motorcycle stopped to speak to a person to see if they needed help that was walking. The half-ton Dodge crested the hill and struck him from the rear,” Miller said. The driver stopped to render aid. The police department doesn’t believe that alcohol or drugs were involved.”

Police took a blood sample from the driver of the Dodge, which is standard procedure with an wreck involving a fatality, Miller said.

Barton was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Waxahachie, Miller said. He was pounced dead at the hospital at 12:30 a.m. Miller then ordered Barton's body to be taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

Waxahachie Fire Department Lt. Robby Muetzenburg said Engine No. 1 arrived on scene first. Medical personnel were already providing care to Barton when Muetzenburg arrived on scene, he said.

“He was already on the ground when I got there. The guys started working on him. We called for a helicopter and cancelled it. At that point, it looked like we were going to start doing CPR,” Muetzenburg said. “We can’t do CPR in a helicopter. So we cancelled the helicopter. It turned into us loading him into the ambulance and taking him to the hospital.”

Providing assistance on the call were members of the Waxahachie police and fire departments, along with medical personnel from AMR emergency medical service. The accident is under investigation by the Waxahachie Police Department at this time.

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