STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY
BURNET — Burnet County Sheriff’s Office officials have placed a reserve deputy on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation involving a traffic incident during which authorities believe the officer ran over a man lying in the roadway in a remote part of the county.
BCSO Reserve Deputy John Groom, 71, was on duty when the incident happened at 2:31 a.m. April 22 on FM 963, officials confirmed.
According to a Texas Department of Public Safety report, the deputy was traveling northeast in a patrol vehicle, a 2010 Crown Victoria.
“There was a pedestrian laying in the roadway. He hit that pedestrian,” DPS spokeswoman Trooper Robbie Barrera said. “They’re trying to determine why that pedestrian was laying in the roadway.
“Were they already deceased? … Did something happen prior?” she added. “The autopsy will determine that.”
The pedestrian, Donny Justin Haynes, 37, of Briggs was pronounced dead at the scene by Burnet County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Peggy Simon.
His body was transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
BCSO officials confirmed Groom has worked for the agency the past 15 years as an unpaid deputy.
He “was nearing the end of his shift” when the incident occurred, according to a BCSO spokesman.