MIDLOTHIAN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Family, friends and the community are mourning the loss of Midlothian City Council Member Art Pierard.

He was killed in a crash on North Interstate 35E near South US Hwy 77 in Waxahachie late Wednesday night.

Upon arrival, officers found that a Ford Mustang had apparently left the roadway and was stuck in the median facing south. An 18-wheeler was stuck in the mud near the northbound exit 397.

Based on the initial investigation, it appears that the operator of the mustang, identified as Arthur Pierard of Midlothian, had gotten out of his vehicle after getting stuck in the median.

He was standing near it when the 18-wheeler left the roadway and struck him, resulting in his death. There were two witnesses to the accident who had stopped to assist Pierard.

Pierard was a valued member of the Midlothian City Council since winning a runoff election in 2018. He was instrumental in passing the Senior Citizen’s Tax Freeze and reducing the City Tax Rate among many other contributions.

He enjoyed visiting with residents and was passionate about Midlothian.

Pierard adored horses and his beloved basset hounds. He is survived by his wife Gwen and two children.