UPDATE Fourth of July auto pedestrian crash
July 4 at 10:49 p.m. Jefferson County DPS Officers were notified of an auto pedestrian crash in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 in the vicinity of Smith Road. Indications are that a 2003 Toyota Camry driven by Laciona Powell, 39, of Beaumont was traveling westbound on Interstate 10 just west of Beaumont when her vehicle struck a pedestrian was walking in the roadway, the DPS said in a press release. The pedestrian was identified as Karim Jamal-Al-Din Persley, 34, also from Beaumont. Persley was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Chesson. No further information is available at this time. This crash remains under investigation.