Reports pending in pedestrian’s death

January 19, 2013

The final reports from Granbury Police Department investigators looking into the Jan. 10 death of a 68-year-old pedestrian in the 4400 block of Highway 377 East in Granbury are still pending, so it has not been decided whether criminal charges could be filed, Deputy Chief Alan Hines indicated Thursday.

“We are still waiting on a couple of reports before we can make a call on that,” Hines said of the incident, which occurred shortly after 7:30 p.m.

Hines had previously stated that in the early stages, the investigation “revealed that alcohol might be a factor” on the part of the pedestrian.

John Henry Blue, who reportedly had only lived in Hood County since about last September, was pronounced dead at the scene after he was struck by a sport utility vehicle driven by an 84-year-old Granbury woman, according to Hines.

Hines also had mentioned the danger of trying to cross such a busy five-lane highway without using a crosswalk at an intersection controlled by a traffic light, “especially at night when visibility is limited. It is always unfortunate when you have an accident like this for everyone involved.”

Blue was retired but had previously worked in the refrigeration repair industry and had been a “jack of all trades,” according to information provided to the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home in Ardmore, Okla., by family members.

The obituary notes that Blue spent most of his life in Tishomingo, Okla. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam war.

He is survived by one son and one daughter.

A memorial for Blue, whose body was cremated, was held Tuesday in Dickson, Okla.

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