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Former Iowa Hawkeye running back Damon Bullock died after being hit by a car early Sunday, police said. He was 25.

Bullock drove into a light pole at about 4 a.m. while driving west on West Danieldale Road in Duncanville, Texas, before he was struck by a passing vehicle as he was crossing the road to get back to his disabled vehicle, Duncanville police officials told the Des Moines Register on Monday.

SUNDAY'S EARLY STORY: Family announces Bullock's death

The driver who hit Bullock called 911 and stayed by his side until help arrived, police said. The driver was not found to be driving while impaired or to have been speeding and will not face charges.

An official with Duncanville police said there was some ice on the roads the night of the crash, and though the accident is still under investigation, no foul play is suspected.

"We appreciate everyone in Iowa who's shown so much love and support," Bullock's father, Roscoe Handy, told KCRG-TV. "We miss our hero."

Handy told KCRG-TV that his son was hit not far from their family's Duncanville home.

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Bullock's Hawkeye football career lasted from 2011 to 2014.

Bullock, of Mansfield, Texas, ranked 37th in program history for rushing yards, with 1,074, and among Big Ten running backs, he ranks fourth with 32 receptions, according to HawkeyeSports.com. In 2013 and 2014, he was named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List.

"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," Bullock's mother, Kimberly Handy, posted on Facebook on Sunday.

"Our Prayers and thoughts go out to the Family of Damon Bullock, former Tiger Running Back, who was tragically killed in a car accident this weekend," Bullock's former Mansfield High School football team posted on Twitter Monday. "We love you Damon."

Former and current Hawkeye players quickly expressed condolences on Twitter Sunday. 

"Know you in Heaven smiling down!" former hawkeye Miles Taylor Tweeted Sunday. "Can't imagine my time in Iowa without you bro." 

"My heart is extremely heavy right now!" tweeted Christian Kirksey, a linebacker with the Cleveland Browns and former Hawkeye player. "I love you Damon Bullock! Rest in peace bro! ❤️"

Many of Bulock's Twitter admirers also began resurfacing a compilation of VINE videos he made with former Hawkeye Jordan Lomax in 2017.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Damon’s parents, Kimberly and Roscoe, and the entire family," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said in a news release Monday. "Damon’s tragic and unexpected death is a shock to all of us within the Iowa football program, as well as his former teammates. Damon was an outstanding young man and we enjoyed him being a part of the Hawkeye football program.”

Bullock’s best career game came in an 18-17 win over Northern Illinois at Soldier Field in Chicago. In his first career start, Bullock rushed 30 times for 150 yards, scoring the game-winning touchdown on a 23-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

Register reporter Anna Spoerre can be contacted at aspoerre@dmreg.com, 515-284-8387 or on Twitter at @annaspoerre.

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