The Texarkana Texas Police Department has identified Billy Morehead, 36, of Texarkana Texas as the driver of a stolen vehicle involved in a single vehicle crash on South Lake Drive last night.
According to authorities, Morehead and an unidentified female passenger died in the crash.
According to TTPD, at approximately 9:10 p.m., patrol officers responded to a report of a major vehicle accident on South Lake Drive at the Waggoner Creek Bridge, which is located just south of Caddo Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 1992 Buick LaSabre fully engulfed in flames.
The vehicle was stolen minutes before from the Rock House Liquor Store (400 block of North Stateline) in Texarkana, Arkansas.
According to witnesses of the crash, the vehicle was travelling south on Lake Drive at a very high rate of speed when it failed to negotiate the curve.
Investigators believe the vehicle to have been travelling 90-100 miles per hour at the time of the crash. After leaving the roadway, the vehicle struck the concrete bridge abutment and went airborne for approximately thirty feet before striking a tree. It then came to rest on its side in the creek bed of Waggoner Creek and immediately burst into flames. It is believed that both occupants were likely killed on impact.
The bodies were transported to the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas for autopsies. Investigators continue to examine the crash and work to identify the female passenger.
South Lake Drive was closed overnight between Caddo Street and Buchanan Road for both north and southbound traffic for about five hours while investigators and crime scene technicians were on scene.