Sherman woman jumps from FM 1417 overpass to her death


Several witnesses, including a Sherman police officer, watched in horror Thursday morning as a woman jumped off the FM 1417 bridge in south Sherman.

The incident was called in to Sherman police about 10 a.m. by store clerks at a nearby U.S. Highway 75 access road convenience store who said the woman had made a statement to the effect that she was going to jump off the overpass. Immediately, the Sherman police officer responded, and, according to Sgt. Bruce Dawsey, he rounded the corner just as the woman took the fatal leap. She landed on the U.S. 75 pavement and was instantly run over by a pickup truck.

Police shut down U.S. 75, moving traffic off onto the east service road hundreds of feet away from the scene. Following procedure, they called Sherman EMS, and then called a justice of the peace. Judge Mike Reeves was nearby and went to the scene to make the official death pronouncement. He said he ruled the woman’s death a suicide.

The woman was identified as a Sherman area resident, 53 years old. Her name is respectfully being withheld. Cravens Funeral Home took possession of the body, Dawsey reported.

The highway remained closed to through traffic for about two hours so the investigation could be completed.