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Head-on collision leaves one Central Texas man dead, sends another to jail

Jacob Allen Smith, 27, of Belton, was in the Bell County Jail on Friday. (Jail photo)
Jacob Allen Smith, 27, of Belton, was in the Bell County Jail on Friday. (Jail photo)(KWTX)
Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 2:45 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 10, 2020 at 6:17 PM CDT
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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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