At approximately 1 p.m. on Jan. 8, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers received a report of a single vehicle crash on US 190 in Tyler County. The crash occurred just east of CR 3550 and involved a stolen vehicle.
The preliminary DPS crash investigation indicates that a 2007 Dodge pickup truck was traveling eastbound on US 190 at a high rate of speed. The driver of the Dodge was reportedly fleeing from Woodville police officers after the vehicle was confirmed stolen out of Houston. In an attempt to elude police officers, the suspect tried to pass a vehicle to the right and lost control in the grass. The suspect was unable to regain control of the vehicle and skid across both the east and westbound traffic lanes of US 190. The vehicle continued off the roadway and struck several large trees before coming to rest.
The impact of the collision sparked a small vehicle fire, but was quickly extinguished by DPS responders. The driver of the Dodge, a 25-year-old Houston resident, was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Ken Jobe at the scene. There were no other occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash.