Two men indicted in highway racing death

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A Bowie County grand jury formally indicted two men accused of causing a woman’s death while racing sports cars on Richmond Road in Texarkana earlier this year.

Kalob Doyle, 26, was allegedly driving a black 2000 Ford Mustang southbound March 20 on Richmond Road when he slammed into a 2003 Toyota Avalon being driven by 30-year-old Laquonia Geena Hopkins. The Avalon sustained heavy damage. Doyle suffered a broken right leg.

The first officer on the accident scene noted Hopkins was pinned inside the Avalon and appeared lifeless.

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“The whole dash was severely broken and had shifted inside the vehicle,” a probable cause affidavit states. “The steering wheel and steering column were shoved upward and towards the passenger side of the vehicle.”

The doors were jarred shut and the windows were rolled up. Hopkins was pronounced dead at the scene.

Onlookers told police Doyle had been racing a yellow Dodge Charge Super Bee which had left the scene. On March 21, officers located the yellow Dodge parked at a residence in the 1600 block of 15th Street. The Charger’s owner, Gilbert Earl Burton, allegedly admitted to owning the only car like his in Texarkana and to racing the Mustang on Richmond Road seconds before the crash occurred.

Both men’s cases are assigned to 5th District Judge Bill Miller. If convicted of causing Hopkins’ death by racing on a highway, both men face two to 20 years in prison.

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