Man found dead on side of road, electrocuted by nearby telephone pole, Texas police say

When Dallas police responded to a call about a body on the side of the road, they thought he’d been hit by a car, Dallas News reported.

In reality, he’d been electrocuted.

Police say a witness heard a “loud bang” then saw Gabriel Monjaraz, 25, lying next to the curb, NBCDFW reported.

About 20 feet away, police found a telephone pole marked with black, KDFW reported. Monjaraz was wearing rubber gloves, according to the TV station.

Initially, police believed Monjaraz was trying to steal copper from the transformer, but in an email to McClatchy on Wednesday, Dallas police say that based on preliminary investigations, “it does not appear that the victim was trying to steal copper.”

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Dawson covers goings-on across the central region, from breaking to bizarre. She is an MSt candidate at the University of Cambridge and lives in Kansas City.