High-speed crash kills Vidor driver

An unusual onevehicle crash has taken the life of a Vidor man and put his female passenger in a hospital in serious condition. The Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) confirms that twentyfive year-old Jonathan Sirmons of Vidor was pronounced deceased at the scene of a vehicle crash on Sunday morning, June 9, on I-10 at F.M. 1135.

According to Sergeant Stephanie Davis, Media and Communications Officer of the Beaumont District Office of the TXDPS, Highway Patrol Troopers responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on I-10 eastbound at F.M. 1135 South at about 4:00 a.m. Troopers arrived to find a passenger car on its roof resting atop the center concrete barrier between the eastbound and westbound traffic lanes. The driver, who was partially ejected from the vehicle, was deceased and his twenty-three year-old female passenger was trapped in the car hanging from her seatbelt.

Davis said that while Orange County Emergency Service District #1 firefighters used their hydraulic prying and cutting tools to free the seriously injured woman from the car, the investigating troopers summoned Orange County Precinct #1 Justice of the Peace Hershel Stagner Jr., to conduct an inquest into the death of Mr. Sirmons.

All eastbound lanes of the freeway were closed as Highway Patrol troopers began their preliminary investigation into the fatal crash.



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