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One dead, three injured in early morning Bryan crash; suspect had suspended license

Posted at 10:02 AM, Feb 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-01 12:47:21-05

BRYAN, TX — One person is dead after a major accident in Bryan early Saturday morning.

The deceased passenger has been identified as 27-year-old James Ross Ragsdale of Bryan.

21-year-old Colton Bradley of Midland, was treated by medics on scene and arrested for one count of Intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault.

Bradley had a suspended license due to previous DWI's, according to the arrest affidavit.

Bryan Police say they responded to a crash at the corner of 29th St and Briarcrest around 4:45 a.m.

When officers arrived, a civilian bystander was performing CPR on a victim of the crash, later identified as Ragsdale.

Medics and Bryan Fire arrived and attempted to regain a pulse but were unsuccessful.

Witnesses said Bradley had run the red light at the intersection and his car was hit by a truck.

The impact from that crash caused Bradley's car to slam into another car waiting at the intersection.

Bradley told police has was coming from an Irish bar and had consumed two shots and three bottles of beer.

"I'm going to jail for manslaughter over my best friend," police heard Bradley say at the scene.

According to police, a Camaro was traveling northbound on 29th St. when it ran a red light.

A GMC pickup truck was traveling westbound on Briarcrest and struck the Camaro on the passenger side.

The force of the collision caused the GMC truck to roll onto its side and the Camaro spun out striking a Buick Verono facing south on E 29th St.

Four people from that accident, including Bradley, were transported to CHI St. Joseph Hospital.

One of the patients, Ragsdale, succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced deceased at the Hospital.

The driver of the GMC pickup truck, James Bishop, was found to have suffered a sternal fracture. Leslie Bishop, the passenger of the truck was found to have suffered a T12 fracture.

Both people told police they wish to press charges.

Investigators said they were able to look at traffic surveillance video before, during and after the crash. According to the police report, the traffic light was red up to 30 seconds before Bradley entered the intersection.

Bradley is being held on $57,000 bonds.