Driver Charged with Murder after Passenger Dies in Crash
According to KSAT, 22-year-old James Justice is being charged with murder after a high-speed chase with police ends in a fiery crash and the death of the passenger in his truck in Castroville, Texas.
Chase Reached Speeds of 100 mph
Early Friday morning, police initiated a routine traffic stop for Justice and his passenger, 27-year-old John Gabriel Alvarado, for speeding and running a stop sign. Justice refused to stop, beginning a nearly 15-mile chase with police.
The chase ended when Justice slammed his truck into a tree on FM 471 off Highway 90, splitting the truck in half and setting it ablaze, says police. Alvarado died at the scene of accident, reports KSAT. Justice suffered several broken bones and was taken to the hospital.
According to KSAT, police are unsure why Justice didn’t stop when attempted to be pulled over. Police say Justice did have an outstanding warrant for unlawfully carrying a weapon. Justice is also facing charges for evading arrest.