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WOMAN KILLED AFTER FALLING FROM VEHICLE IN TEXAS
A Winnsboro native was killed after a fall from a truck in Texas, according to police there.
Amy Joette Wheat, 38, died last Wednesday on a street in the Dallas suburb of Addison after falling from the moving vehicle and hitting her head on a pole, police said.
Wheat, who lived in Brandon, Miss., was formerly known as Amy Mobley.
Officials from the Addison Police Department said she was riding in the truck, which was owned by the federal govenment, with two males — Chad Allen Barney and Jed Andrew Fillingim.
The men returned to pick her up and one of them called 9-1-1.
Emergency personnel arrived and Wheat was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.
Barney is a VA employee in Dallas, Texas, and Fillingim is a VA employee in Jackson, Miss., officials from the VA Medical Center in Jackson said.
Wheat worked with Fillingim as a nurse recruiter at the hospital, officials said.
Addison police detained the two men for questioning.
Both have been released pending further investigation.
Police report that Wheat, Fillingin and Barney had all consumed alcohol, but it has not been determined if foul play was involved in Wheat's death.
Police report that no charges have been filed in the case.
Toxicology reports for blood alcohol levels are pending, police said.
VA officials could not say why Wheat and Fillingim were in Texas, only that they are heart broken by the news of Wheat's death.
"This is really a sad loss for us here. Amy was a terrific person who touched the lives of a lot of patients and employees," said Mario Rossilli, a spokesman for the VA Hospital.
Investigators are asking for additional information about the incident.
If anyone has information, they are asked to contact the Addison Police Department at 972-450-7156.