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Alleged Car Thief Causes Fatal Accident in La Marque

A man is dead after his vehicle was struck by an alleged car thief in La Marque, Texas Sunday night.

Police Investigating Car Theft and Fatal Crash

According to KHOU, a 26-year-old man was fleeing Texas City after stealing a Lexus from when he slammed into a Ford F-150 pickup at the intersection of Highway 3 and FM 1765 at around 10 pm Sunday.

Both of the vehicles caught fire, and the driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the deceased has not been released.

The suspect survived the crash and was taken to UTMB in Galveston. His condition is currently unknown.

Police are still investigating the crash as well as the initial car theft. Authorities believe the owner of the Lexus may have been injured in the carjacking.

Texas Traffic Accident Statistics

  • The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recorded 3,773 traffic fatalities in Texas in 2016, marking a 5.45-percent increase from the 3,578 deaths reported in 2015.
  • Of the deaths recorded in 2016, 1,942 occurred in rural areas of the state. 814 deaths were associated with crashes that occurred at or in relation to an intersection.
  • An additional 265,076 people were injured in traffic accidents in 2016.
  • Based on reportable crash data for 2016, TxDOT estimates that:
    • One person was killed in a traffic crash in Texas every 2 hours and 20 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 1 minute and 59 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 57 seconds.

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