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6/19/05-Tyler

High-Speed Chase Ends In Fatal Wreck With Church Van

It all began just before midnight, when Tyler police got reports of a wreckless driver speeding from Whitehouse through Tyler.

Police say the man who died in the accident is suspected of drunk driving. The man led police on a high-speed chase that ended at the 1700 block of South Beckham. A nearby homeowner caught the aftermath on tape from his front yard.

"After the initial screech and pop, I came out," Mark Vaughn, 23, said. "And you could hear everyone yelling at him to get down, which I assume was procedure."

Vaughn went back inside his house and got his video camera. It was too dark for him to capture just how bad the wreck was. But today, we did -- what's left of a 1992 Chevy Caprice that police say reached speeds of more than 85 mph. So fast, even officers could not stop him.

"The vehicle failed to stop for them," Sgt. Richard Drew said. "In fact, driving into oncoming traffic, driving through red lights, driving in a very hazardous nature."

The driver, Chad Russell Hill, 30, of Tyler, died when he hit the cargo trailer of a church van coming from Houston. None of the seven children and adults in the van were injured.

Records show Hill was convicted last year of DWI. And that's what police suspect this time.

"We've seen a lot of wrecks here -- people coming from this little side street and just not looking, people going too fast right here and rolling up in the yard," Vaughn said. "I have a daughter. And it's an extremely dangerous intersection. It's just not a good place to be."

So for Vaughn, it's time to pack up and move. After four years of living near an intersection prone to accidents, he says the last thing he wants is for his family to be caught in one.

Police are waiting for toxicology results to see if Hill was under the influence of alcohol.

Julie Tam, reporting. jtam@kltv.com

 

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