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Eulacio Milan Garcia. Photo Source: Smith County Jail. Eulacio Milan Garcia. Photo Source: Smith County Jail.

UPDATE 09/14/11 2:55pm: Whitehouse Police say the driver of the red Pontiac crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic, striking the blue Dodge extended cab head-on.

On Wednesday morning, Whitehouse Police arrested the driver of the red Pontiac, Eulacio Milan Garcia, 41, at ETMC.

He has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and is being held at the Smith County Jail on $400,000 bond.

He is also being held on an immigration hold.

Garcia has a previous DWI from 2005, where we served 30 days in the Smith County Jail.


UPDATE, Tuesday, September 13: Whitehouse Police confirm that 46-year-old Linda Jean Owen, of Troup, died in the Saturday crash.

The case is still under investigation. The identity of the second driver will not be released until blood alcohol test results return.


WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) - Whitehouse Police and a DPS Trooper assisting, say alcohol possibly played a part in a head on crash this morning on Highway 110 in Whitehouse.  

Investigators say the driver of a red passenger car headed southbound around 6:20 Saturday morning, appears to have veered over into the northbound lane.  The red car crashed head on into a northbound, blue Dodge pickup pulling a trailer. 

Police and DPS say they are looking into the possibility the driver of the red car might have been under the influence of alcohol.

On impact, the Dodge caught fire. A woman, believed to be the wife of the man driving the Dodge, was in the front passenger's seat and died in the crash.  DPS says people who drove up on the wreck helped to get the driver and a backseat passenger out of the truck. 

The wreck happened just south of Cain Elementary School where Highway 110 meets Forest South Street.

The two survivors in the truck and the driver of the red car were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  We do not know any names of any of the people involved.  We expect more information later today.

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