Tyler police determine driver in fatal wreck was not intoxicated

Published: May. 17, 2016 at 7:02 PM CDT|Updated: May. 17, 2016 at 11:39 PM CDT
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(Source: Chad Parker)
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A driver police say is at fault, in a fatal collision in Tyler was determined not to have been intoxicated at the time of the crash, according to the Tyler Police Department.

Haile Beasley, 20, of Tyler, was killed in the Saturday crash in the 1400 block of West Grande Boulevard. Police have determined James Fulton was at fault for the collision, after his Dodge Ram pickup crossed over into the eastbound lane and collided with Beasley's Ford Focus.

According to the crash report, unsafe speed and failure to drive in a single lane are listed as primary contributing factors. The report also cited drinking as a possible contributing factor.

The department released a statement on the crash Tuesday afternoon.

Fulton told officers that he had consumed two beers while at a local restaurant, according to police.

Tyler police say they did not request that blood be drawn from Fulton at the time of the crash, but an officer conducted several field sobriety tests on Fulton at the scene.

Police say that based on the results of the test, officers determined he was not intoxicated.

Tyler attorney John Eastland explains there are several factors, or even a combination of factors, that can contribute to a car crash.

"We can't just jump to conclusions that alcohol caused an accident. Because it's not against the law to drink and drive. It is against the law to drive while you're intoxicated," Eastland said.

The Beasley family's lawyer, Chad Parker, says right now the family is just focused in burying their daughter.

"They know the police are still investigating and they want answers. They are going to wait and see what the final report says," Parker said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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