Head-on collision leaves one Central Texas man dead, sends another to jail
BELTON, Texas (KWTX) – Authorities are investigating a head-on crash Thursday night in Bell County that left one man dead and sent a second to jail.
James Sexton, 42, of Belton, died at the scene of the crash, which was reported at around 8:40 p.m. Thursday on Sparta Road one mile east of Belton.
A 20-year-old woman who was a passenger in the Mercury suffered incapacitating injuries in the crash.
She was taken to Scott & White Medical Center in Temple.
Her name was not released.
Sexton was northbound on Sparta Road in a 2008 Mercury Sedan when Jacob Allen Smith, 27, of Belton, who was southbound in a 2011 Ford F-150, attempted to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone, Department of Public Safety Sgt. Bryan Washko said.
The pickup collided head-on with Sexton’s car, he said.
“Smith fled the scene after the collision and was later apprehended by law enforcement,” Washko said.
Smith was in the Bell County Jail Friday facing a list of possible charges including intoxication manslaughter, intoxication assault, failure to stop and render aid/seriously bodily injury and failure to stop and render aid/death, Washko said.
His bond had not been set early Friday afternoon.
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