Two East Texans are dead tonight after their car catches fire. Around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, the Department of Public Safety says the driver of the car somehow went off the road and hit a tree on FM 346. It happened just east of Whitehouse.
When the car hit the tree, officials say the car caught fire. The driver has been identified as Payton Lewis, 22, of Flint. Lewis' family says he just started a project called Payton's Project where he remodeled small homes for the needy. The passenger is identified as Samantha Jean Ely, 21, of Whitehouse.