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DPS identifies teen driver in single-vehicle crash that killed 2 in Snook

Posted at 3:07 PM, Mar 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-03 16:08:17-05

SNOOK, Texas — Authorities have identified the driver in a single-vehicle crash that killed two early Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, 18-year-old Frederick Hawkins of Snook was behind the wheel of the 2007 BMW when it crashed into a tree after he drove away from a traffic stop.

Killed in the crash were two unidentified teens — a 16-year-old male and a 17-year-old female. They were in the back seat at the time of the crash.

Hawkins and a female 17-year-old front seat passenger were flown – with “major injuries” – by helicopter to CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital in Bryan.

"This is an ongoing criminal investigation," a DPS release said Thursday. "There is no additional information available for release at this time."

UPDATE

SNOOK, Texas - Two people are dead and two others injured after a BMW driver fled a traffic stop and evaded law enforcement before losing control of the vehicle and striking a tree.

The chase and resulting fatal accident happened after a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper initiated the traffic stop about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday on Main Street in Snook, Texas DPS Sgt. Jason Ruiz said.

“The traffic stop led to a criminal investigation, which was ongoing when the driver fled from the scene onto County Road 269,” Ruiz said in a news release. “The 2007 BMW passenger car — driven by the suspect— continued evading law enforcement until the driver lost control and struck a tree.”

According to DPS, Burleson County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Judge Bill Orsak pronounced the two backseat passengers dead at the scene. The driver and other passenger were flown – with “major injuries” – by helicopter to CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital in Bryan.

Ruiz said the criminal investigation is ongoing. No other information was immediately available.

ORIGINAL STORY

SNOOK, Texas – Two people are dead and two others injured after a single-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in Snook, according to the Department of Public Safety.

The accident occurred about 2 p.m. on County Road 269 between Park Street and County Road 270, Texas DPS Trooper Justin Ruiz said.

Two occupants in the vehicles were flown to CHI Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan, Ruiz said.

The names of the two deceased and two injured weren’t immediately released.