Fort Worth PD: Medical issue caused pickup driver to hit, kill surveyor

Fort Worth police are investigating a crash that killed a surveyor who was working just off a busy road.

The crash happened around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of West Camp Bowie Boulevard near the Interstate 20 and Interstate 30 merge on the city’s west side.

Police said a white pickup truck left the roadway, went into a ditch and struck a surveyor. He has since been identified as 45-year-old Phillip Szurgot. He was pretty far off the road but had his back to it. He likely didn’t see the truck coming for him, police said. He died at the scene.

Police say the truck left the road and went into a ditch about 30 yards before hitting Szurgot and throwing him about 30 to 40 yards away.

Police originally said they thought the 68-year-old truck driver was intoxicated. They now believe a medical emergency caused him to lose control of his vehicle. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

"The driver of the pickup was actually trapped inside his vehicle,” said Fort Worth Officer Daniel Segura. “Things happen. Factors get involved. In this case, it was a tragic incident.”

Workers at Szurgot's company did not want to talk on camera. They say he had only worked there for one week.

Police say they do not expect to file any charges in this case.