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A pedestrian who, for an undetermined reason, was lying in on U.S. 180 in Mineral Wells was struck and killed by a passing vehicle Monday night.

At about 11:40 p.m. on Monday, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers investigated the fatality crash near Lake Mineral Wells State Park.

“Preliminary investigation indicates a 2018 Chevrolet Cruz, driven by 43-year-old Candy L. Lister of Mineral Wells, was traveling west on U.S. 180,” according to DPS Sgt. Richard Hunter. “For an undetermined reason, a pedestrian, identified as Eric Jason Lane, 47, of Avon, Indiana, was lying in the roadway of U.S. 180. Lister was not able to avoid striking Lane who was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

According to a release from the National Hot Rod Association, Lane was a crew chief on Cruz Pedregon’s Snap-on Tools Funny Car and a veteran mechanic of the NHRA nitro pits. The team had competed at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals and was taking time off between the Dallas and Houston NHRA races to enjoy fishing and being together away from the track, according to the release.

No additional information is available at this time, Hunter said.

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