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Alleged suicidal subject to face charges?

By Scott Harvey

Greenville – It was unclear Wednesday afternoon whether an apparent suicidal subject who prompted Tuesday's standoff in Greenville will face criminal charges in connection to a fatal accident.

The standoff led to a nearly five hour traffic jam along Interstate 30. During the jam, 65-year-old Jerry Garner was killed after crashing into an 18-wheeler that had stopped in traffic near the 89 mile marker.

At that time, Greenville authorities were attempting to detain a man who had allegedly threatened to jump from the Wesley Street/Exit 93 Bridge.

The unidentified subject was reported to be the same person who walked out onto the bridge in June, which also held up traffic. He was last reported to have been transported to Hunt Regional Healthcare for treatment.

Jerry Garner, of Royse City, was pronounced dead after being transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

According to Greenville Community Relations Director Lori Philyaw, since the crash occurred outside city limits, the Department of Public Safety would be responsible for determining if charges were necessary.

Trooper Dustin Oliver had initially investigated the crash. He was unavailable for comment as of early Wednesday afternoon.