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Funeral Escort Killed During Procession

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FORREST HILL (CBSDFW.COM) –  Police are still investigating what led up to a crash that ended with a funeral escort officer dead.

James “J.D.” Wiggs, 58, died from injuries he suffered after he was hit a by a car.

The long funeral procession was headed eastbound on Mansfield Highway when the crash took place just before 2 p.m.

Witnesses said they could hear Wiggs firing off his horn. After the second horn sounded, a car collided with Wiggs.

Wiggs was thrown from his motorcycle. He landed about 75 feet away from his bike in the center median.

Witnesses immediately began to help.

“Everybody started praying for him and I started calling 911,” said Deborah Miles, who witnessed the crash. “They were saying, ‘J.D. stay with us! Stay with us J.D.!’ He started gasping for air.”

Minister Vaughn Reed, assistant Pastor at New St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, also witnessed the crash and did the only thing he knew to do.

“I went over there and began to pray for him,” he said. “All I could do is put my hands on him and go to praying for him and asking God to spare his life.”

But Pastor Reed’s prayers went unanswered. Wiggs was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the vehicle and his passenger were transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital with minor injuries.

Police are still investigating what caused the crash.

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