SCHERTZ, Texas – A 16-year-old boy was killed late Tuesday after he jumped off an 18-wheeler and got caught under its wheels, according to the Schertz Police Department.
Officers were called around 9:50 p.m. to the Interstate 35 access road near FM 1103 after receiving a call for a welfare check on a person in the grass on the side of the road.
According to police, when officers arrived they found the teen with obvious trauma.
Officers attempted to help the boy, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not been identified.
It first appeared that the boy was struck by a passing vehicle, but after further investigation, police believe the teenager was hitchhiking on the 18-wheeler.
When he jumped off, he fell under the tires, police said. At this time officers believed the driver of the big rig didn’t know the boy had hitched a ride on his truck.
Police initially said there were no witnesses and officers were checking nearby cameras.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.