Shepherd man killed in auto-pedestrian accident

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating an auto-pedestrian accident that claimed the life of a Shepherd man early Thursday morning.

Authorities say the man’s body was struck by a passing vehicle as he was walking in the median of the southbound lane of US 59 in Shepherd.

The victim is a white male in his late 20s to early 30s.

San Jacinto County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Red Blanchette conducted the inquest and ordered an autopsy. The body was transported to Beaumont for autopsy by Neal Funeral Home.

The accident is still under investigation.

As soon as more information is available, an update will be posted.

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  1. This is my son’s father Michael Wayne Gibbs; while us personally were not on the best of terms this is no way for someone to leave this world. My regards to his family as well as my prayers.

  2. Heard a lady struck him, lady said she thought it was deer. The only way he was found was because of the workers picking up trash. God knows what how long he would’ve been reported missing if it wasn’t for those workers. God bless that man.

  3. This is my cousin, Michael Gibbs. He was grieving over the sudden passing of his mother, Debra Gibbs just two weeks ago. Now his father and brother, sister and children are grieving for two loved ones. It is a struggle to financially cover one funeral so as anyone may imagine two is nearly impossible. If anyone would like to donate towards the funeral of Michael Gibbs and his mother Debra please contact Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston and donate directly to them in Michael and Debra’s name. Thank you so much.

  4. It wasn’t trash clean up crew that found him my self and one of my employees found him on my way to work my prayers to the family

    • Can you please message me on fb? This was my daughters father along with Ashley Egberts sons father. My name on fb is Virginia Barnett and I commented on the fb post.

      • Also note the woman who hit him sat there and waited for the police told them she thought she hit a deer they didn’t see anything at the time so they sent her on to the hospital with major injuries for everyone assuming the cops don’t already know what happened or making it seem like it was a hit on run as Lala said He was on drugs and walking obviously he shouldn’t have been sorry for the loss and it’s a horrible way to go out but the fact there’s people pointing fingers not knowing the whole story is bs rest easy to that man and for the lady hopefully she heals

  5. It doesn’t matter who found him. We need to find out who hit him. It seems someone wants a bowl of Cheerios. I am his cousin/friend of the family for many years. But it was told a whole different story of how he was found. Everybody here in Shepherd wants to be involved somehow but how about alot of prayers for the Gibb family. The officers have kept in touch with his dad. They are the ones that know everything. So we may all set and assume but like I said let the family rest.

  6. Hi Gina, Michael’s mom Debbie is my mom’s niece. My first cousin. Her dad Skip who has passed on is my mom’s brother. My family is from Illinois and I live in NYC. So unfortunately we can’t be there but my mom is in touch with Kenneth and we are all keeping Debbie and Michael and the family in our prayers.

  7. I’m sorry to whomever thinks this is about a bowl of Cheerios I know if I lost a loved one that way I would want to know the true facts not speculation or hearsay my prayers are out to the family and I as well I hope they charge the individual responsible or individuals whatever the case may be

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