Police ID driver of stolen car that wrecked, killing him and 1 other

Published: Sep. 21, 2016 at 9:44 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2016 at 3:21 PM CDT
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TEXARKANA, TX (KSLA) - Police have identified a Texarkana, Texas, man as the driver of a stolen car that wrecked, killing him and a female passenger.

Among those killed in the crash Tuesday night was 36-year-old Billy Morehead, according to Texarkana, Texas, police. Investigators still are working to identify his passenger.

The wreck happened about 9:10 p.m. on South Lake Drive at the Waggoner Creek bridge in Texarkana, Texas.

Police say the 1992 Buick LaSabre was stolen from Rock House Liquor Store on the Arkansas side of Texarkana just minutes before the crash.

Witnesses of the crash told police the car failed to negotiate a curve as it was traveling south on South Lake Drive at a very high rate of speed. Investigators now believe the vehicle was traveling at 90 mph to 100 mph at the time of the wreck.

After leaving the roadway, the car struck a concrete bridge abutment, went airborne for about 30 feet then struck a tree.  It came to rest on its side in the bed of Waggoner Creek and immediately burst into flames.

Police say Morehead and his passenger likely were killed on impact. Their bodies have been taken to Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas for autopsies.

South Lake Drive was closed to north- and southbound traffic between Caddo Street and Buchanan Road for several hours early Wednesday morning while police investigated the crash. Texarkana, Texas, police say the road has since reopened.

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