Fort Worth

Police: Man accidentally jumped to his death

A 51-year-old man who fell to his death Thursday night had jumped over a retaining wall on Interstate 20, apparently unaware that the freeway was elevated, officials said Friday.

Ricky Joe Katcher lost control of his vehicle when it spun out on the bridge and struck a retaining wall on the westbound side of I-20 at Aledo Road, west of U.S. 377, according to police. Why he lost control of his vehicle has yet to be determined, police said.

It was about 8:30 p.m. and Fort Worth police officers were working another accident on the eastbound side of the still-slick freeway when the crash occurred, said Benbrook police officer Sandy Eubanks.

Eubanks said the man got out of his car and began walking toward the officers, unaware that the freeway was elevated over railroad tracks and Walnut Creek.

“He jumped over the retaining wall and fell to his death on the railroad tracks below,” Eubanks wrote in an email to the Star-Telegram. “It was witnessed by the Fort Worth police officers.”

The man fell about 30 feet to his death, landing on railroad tracks, according to Fort Worth police who are investigating the incident. Benbrook officers were called to assist Fort Worth, Eubanks said.

Fort Worth officers located the driver on the tracks below and attempted first aid but could not save his life, police said.

The area is in a small portion of southwest Fort Worth near Benbrook, just west of U.S. 377.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3