Beaumont Police release names of victims in fatal wrong-way crash on MLK

BEAUMONT — Beaumont Police are releasing the names of a driver and passenger killed when another driver in a pickup truck traveling the wrong way on MLK crashed into their car.

The victims involved in the deadly crash early Sunday morning in the 2400 block of South MLK are identified as Clyde Thompson, (driver) age 19, and Tonysha Lashay Smith, (passenger) age 19.

The driver of the black Chevrolet truck is still in the hospital being treated and charges are pending. The investigation is still on-going.

On Sunday, November 7 at 2:13 a.m., Beaumont Police responded to a reported major accident in the 2400 block of South Martin Luther King Parkway.

The preliminary investigation has revealed the driver of a black Chevrolet truck was traveling north in the southbound lanes in the 2400 block of South MLK. At that time, the Chevrolet truck crashed head-on into a gray Nissan Altima head on. The driver of the Nissan Altima was died at the scene and the passenger was transported to the hospital, where she later died as a result of her injuries.

The driver of the Chevrolet truck was transported to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. Detectives are continuing the investigation and alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor to this accident, according to Beaumont Police.

Written by KFDM/FOX4

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