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Former Mansfield RB, who went on to play at Iowa, killed by car near home in Duncanville

Illinois defensive back Zane Petty (21) tries to tackle Iowa running back Damon Bullock (5) during the first quarter of an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.
Illinois defensive back Zane Petty (21) tries to tackle Iowa running back Damon Bullock (5) during the first quarter of an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. AP Photo

Former Mansfield running back Damon Bullock was hit and killed by a car near his home in Duncanville early Sunday morning, KCRG, an ABC-affiliated station in Cedar Rapids, Iowa first reported Sunday night.

According to KCRG, Bullock was struck by a car at 3 a.m. on Sunday after parking his car on the side of the road. His father Roscoe Handy said he hit a light pole in the median, causing all street lights nearby to disconnect.

Handy said the driver stopped, called 911 and stayed with Bullock until first responders arrived.

“We appreciate everyone in Iowa who’s shown so much love and support. We miss our hero, Handy told KCRG.

Bullock, who graduated from Mansfield in 2011, went on to play at Iowa, where he finished with 1,074 rushing yards and four touchdowns in 35 games. Mansfield made the playoffs three times with Bullock.

His mother, Kimberly Handy posted this on Facebook: “He definitely lived this way. He was a dreamer and a doer. Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die tomorrow. With tears streaming down my face as I create this post I regretfully have to say that we lost our son Damon to a terrible accident this morning. I will never be the same. I don’t know how or what to do. We appreciate every prayer, text, and phone call received. PLEASE PRAY FOR US! I don’t understand. You know OUR name Lord!! Please!!! I am heartbroken.”

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.
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