A fiery car crash in San Marcos claimed two lives late last night following a police pursuit.
According to a city press release, a San Marcos police officer attempted to pull over a pickup truck that was suspected of “impaired driving” June 23 just before 3 a.m. The driver of the truck refused to stop and fled through Rio Vista neighborhood, a residential area of San Marcos.
Upon reaching a roundabout intersection on the corner of Cheatham and Rio Vista streets, the driver collided with the limestone landscaping in the roundabout’s center. The impact caused the truck to catch fire immediately.
SMPD Chief Howard Williams said the impact of the collision ejected the passenger from the truck, while the driver was trapped inside the burning vehicle. The driver and passenger were both pronounced dead at the scene.
The ejected passenger was identified by the police as San Marcos resident Charles Lee Crayton, 43. Williams said that while the driver has not been officially identified, investigators “think they know who it is,” and will release the information after confirmation from an autopsy.
According to the city press release, the SMPD Collision Investigation team responded to the scene and has begun investigating and reconstructing the collision. The investigation is ongoing.