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Campbell man, 22, killed in Sunday morning wreck on FM 1567

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A Campbell man, 22, died after being ejected from an pickup which overturned on FM 1567 west in Miller Grove early Sunday morning. The Commerce man driving the pickup was arrested by state troopers for intoxication manslaughter.

The crash was reported to county dispatchers at 12:42 a.m. as a one-vehicle rollover crash on FM 1567 with an entrapment and a possible fatality. Hopkins County firefighters, sheriff’s deputies and emergency medical services personnel, along with Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Miller Grove volunteer firefighters were dispatched to the crash site.

Upon arrival at the scene about a half mile from FM 275 south, officials discovered a red Chevrolet pickup had indeed overturned. One man, 21-year-old Phillip Scott Edwards of Commerce, was outside the vehicle, unaware there had been a crash.  Another man, 22-year-old Joshua Ray Herring of Campbell, was apparently thrown from the pickup as it overturned. Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Yvonne King pronounced Herring dead at the scene. Edwards was determined to be the driver and Herring the passenger.

“It was real unfortunate. No one in the truck was wearing a seat belt. The doctors said if they had their belts on they’d more than likely still be alive, the cavity of the truck was still intact. In this line, we see this so many times. More times than not if they would have worn their seat belt they’d probably be beat up but still with us,” King said Monday morning.

Officials initially were told there were three occupants and for a while searched the area nearby checking to be sure the person had not escaped or been thrown from the vehicle. Law enforcement and firefighters used thermal imaging units to scan the area to see if they could locate someone with the heat detectors, according to reports from the scene. The search was halted at 2:45 a.m. after someone was able to confirm the third person was actually at home.

Edwards had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and was not aware of the crash. Based on their investigation, troopers believe Edwards to have been driving the wrecked truck. The Commerce man was taken to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital for treatment of wounds received in the crash. At 1:58 a.m. Sunday Troopers Hailey and Cori Hale  took Edwards into custody for intoxication manslaughter.

King said that since the deceased was not the driver, an autopsy has not been ordered for Herring. However, she did require  – blood samples taken from both the deceased man and Edwards.

Edwards was released from the county jail later Sunday after securing a $25,000 bond on the second-degree felony intoxication manslaughter charge.

Funeral arrangements for Herring were pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Monday morning.

The ongoing crash investigation is lead by Texas DPS Trooper Bill Reese.

 

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