Weatherford Democrat

November 6, 2012

Man who hit church died of medical issue

Christin Coyne
Weatherford Democrat


A man who was pronounced dead shortly after his truck slammed through the front of a church south of Weatherford Thursday morning didn’t die of injuries sustained in the crash.

Instead, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled, 69-year-old Melton McCowen’s death was natural and a result of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. 

McCowen, a Weatherford resident, was at the wheel of a red Ford F150 southbound in the 2600 block of Tin Top Road when the truck left the roadway and traveled several hundred feet through a rock embankment and two fences before entering Christ the King Covenant Church.

A church secretary at work a few feet from where the truck stopped was uninjured, though the wreck caused significant damage to the building. 

McCowen was not breathing and had no pulse when a volunteer firefighter next door arrived on scene. 

McCowen, a father and husband, was reported to be a custom spur and bit maker and an avid hunter.