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Man dies in auto-pedestrian accident, family asks for prayer

PITTSBURG, TX (KLTV) -

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PITTSBURG, TX (KLTV) - What was supposed to be a night of entertainment and pride for one East Texas man turned into tragedy as a car accident claimed his life just yards away from a high school campus where his grandson was performing in a talent show.

It happened at state Highway 11 and Texas Street in Pittsburg around 7 p.m. Thursday.

It was a proud night for Willie Lindley, 62, of Leesburg. He got to see his grandson perform in a talent contest at Pittsburg High School. It would be his final memory.

According to DPS troopers, Mr. Lindley was trying to cross the street. It was dark and the street was lined with cars. Lindley was hit by an oncoming vehicle. Adding to the tragedy, the driver was City Councilman Fred Cook.

"Tragedy for the community and a great loss and really our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families involved," said Sean Kennington, the Pittsburg mayor.

Witnesses say Cook immediately tried to care for Lindley before emergency crews arrived.

"He simply did not see him crossing the road and he was there for him and the wife Mrs. Barbara Lindley," said Julie Butler, who witnessed the accident. "He knelt down beside him and he was just devastated. He was just simply devastated."

Lindley was taken to ETMC Pittsburg, but died of his injuries.

"I'm very close to both families - both beautiful, wonderful families," said Butler. "My heart goes to the Lindleys and Bonnie and Fred Cook."

Many are thankful that Lindley got a last chance to see his grandson before the accident.

"[It is] something that his grandson will always be able to remember," said Butler.

The Lindley family says that they want the entire community to join them, and pray for Fred Cook's family.

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