Four people were killed in Wednesday’s accident on Highway 75, south of Park Road 40 in Walker County.
Huntsville Police Lieutenant Jim Barnes told Bluebonnet News they’re investigating the possibility that the accident is connected to a drive-by shooting that happened an hour before the accident.
Barnes said DPS, which worked the accident, notified Huntsville PD because shell casings at the scene of the drive-by shooting matched the caliber of a handgun that was found in the black four-door Ford, one of the vehicles involved in the accident. There were four people in that vehicle, and three were killed in the accident.
Barnes said they’re investigating whether those four people are connected to the drive-by shooting. No one was injured in the shooting.
The driver of the second vehicle in the accident was killed. Barnes said he was an innocent bystander.
DPS has released the names of the victims in the accident;18-year-old Shawn James Hudson of Silsbee, and he was driving the first vehicle. Also killed in the first vehicle were 22-year-old Jannice Justine Tanton of Buna and a 17-year-old male of Harker Heights, Texas. A Huntsville man, Daniel Keyvohn McMahon, who was also in the first vehicle, is in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
DPS officials said 23-year-old Clayton Matthew Garmon of Huntsville, who was driving the second vehicle, and was the only person in that vehicle, was killed.
DPS Huntsville Trooper Floyd Garner told Bluebonnet News Wednesday night that a black four-door Ford was traveling south on Highway 75, and a white four-door Fusion was going north on 75.
The driver of the Ford tried to pass in a no-passing zone at the bottom of a hill near Park Road 40. When the Ford got to the top of the hill it allegedly hit the Fusion head-on, with four of the five travelers dying on impact.
Four people were killed in Wednesday afternoon’s accident on Highway 75, south of Park Road 40, in Walker County.