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One man dead, another arrested after fatal crash east of Belton

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Posted at 2:26 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 15:26:32-04

A man is dead and another has been arrested for intoxication manslaughter after a fatal crash east of Belton.

James Sexton, 42, of Belton was pronounced dead on scene.

Texas DPS Troopers responded to a major crash involving two vehicles on Sparta Road 1 mile east of the City of Belton around 8:40 pm on July 9.

A 2011 Ford F-150 pickup truck operated by Jacob Allen Smith, 27, of Belton, Texas was travelling south on Sparta Road.

A 2008 Mercury sedan operated by James Sexton, 42, also of Belton was travelling north on Sparta Road.

Smith proceeded to pass a vehicle in a no passing zone, according to DPS.

The front of the Ford Pickup collided head on with the Mercury Sedan.

Smith fled the scene after the collision and was later apprehended by law enforcement.

Sexton was pronounced deceased on scene by Justice of the Peace Judge Duffield.

A 20 year old female passenger in the Mercury was transported to Scott and White ER for incapacitating injuries.

Smith was placed under arrest and charged with intoxication manslaughter, intoxication assault, failing to stop and render aid-SBI and fail to stop and render aid-death.