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Sherman Man Found In Street Fell From Skateboard


SHERMAN, TX -- Police say a man found lying on a street apparently suffered a fall before being hit by a car, and neighbors are stunned by his sudden death.

Around 8 p.m. on Friday, neighbors and police found a man lying in the middle of South Travis Street near the exit from Highway 75. 

"I kept walking back and forth and then I went up and asked them who it was, and they said it was Leo," says neighbor Rebecca Tinnie.

Neighbors say Tommy Lee "Leo" Beshirs, 55, lived in an apartment building near where he died and that he recently got a skateboard with a motor attached.

"He was working on it yesterday morning, he was having trouble with the brakes," says neighbor Tom Anderson.

According to police Sgt. D.M. Hampton, investigators believe Beshirs fell from the scooter before the car hit him, and he may have even been unconscious.

"His skateboard went driving by, then I didn't hear anything, and then the neighbors came and told me he was dead and walked out there and he was laying in the middle of the street," says Anderson.

Landlord Jose Martinez says Beshirs had lived here before and most recently moved back in July, and neighbors say they heard the sound when he was hit.

"I heard it from my bedroom window, I heard a thump thump, and that's when we came out and checked it out," says neighbor Vance Reidling.

Police say the 25-year-old woman that drove over Beshirs went to the police station and likely will not face any charges.

"He was a good guy, he was always outside piddling around in his yard, he just got a little pit bull dog, out there always playing with his dog, real friendly guy," says Tinnie.

It is not the first time a resident at this former motel has died. Two years ago, a 47-year-old woman walking nearby was hit by a car and killed.

"People from the highway come over 70 miles an hour sometimes, and they merge in here and this area is extremely dark," says Martinez, pointing out a lone streetlight nearby.

"Everybody's got to go, when God calls you, you're there," says Anderson.

Beshirs may have been in the road for a few minutes, Hampton said. His sisters came by to collect some of his things.