On March 10, 2023 at about 7:15 am, the Rhome Police Officers were dispatched to a major accident on US287 between Pioneer Parkway and SH114 in Rhome, Texas (Wise County). The driver of a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle had been forced off the road by a driver of a flat bed pickup truck hauling a trailer.
The motorcyclist, 55, was identified as Jerry Wayne Newton of Decatur, Texas. Newton was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where he died from his injuries. The driver of the suspect vehicle fled the scene.
Immediately after the crash occurred, a truck driver stopped to assist. The truck driver was a white male wearing an orange vest, carrying a medical bag. He spoke to the Wise County dispatcher on the phone and described the suspect vehicle as a dark, or silver pickup truck pulling a thie trailer. The trailer was orange on the bottom and had a black tarp covering a water tank. The suspect vehicle was followed by a similar truck and trailer that have been traveling together.
The Rhome Police Department is asking the public's help in locating the truck driver witness to the event as well as the suspect vehicle and driver. If you were in this area and have any information, please call 817-636-2400, or call the Wise County Sheriff's Office dispatch at 940-627-5971.