Lufkin Motorcyclist Dies After Being Struck By Intoxicated Driver
A Lufkin man passed away this morning when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by an allegedly intoxicated motorist.
According to the Lufkin Police Department, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Old Union Road. The driver of the vehicle was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.
The motorcyclist has been identified as Hunter Thompson, 24, of Lufkin. According to investigators, he was leaving Great Oaks Apartments to go to work around 5:30 a.m. when he was hit head-on by a GMC pickup driven by Cesar David Del Villar Casillas, 35, of Lufkin.
In their report, Lufkin Police indicate that Thompson was headed inbound, and Casillas was headed outbound when the Casillas crossed the median, causing the accident. Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene. His family has been notified. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Casillas was taken into custody for intoxication manslaughter. As of 10 a.m., he was awaiting book-in at the Angelina County Jail.
Lufkin Police are also reporting another incident that happened early on Thursday morning in which a Lufkin man was arrested following a high-speed pursuit that ended in an accident.
Eduardo Gonzalez, 36, was taken into custody around 1:30 a.m. for evading arrest with a vehicle, evading arrest, and possession of a controlled substance.
An officer attempted to stop Gonzalez’s Chevy Impala for a traffic violation in the 1300 block of Abney Avenue. He refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued headed northbound on Raguet Street.
The chase ended five minutes later in the 5000 block of Lotus Lane when Gonzalez lost control of his car and wrecked. His vehicle came to rest on its roof and damaged a business fence. Gonzalez then exited his vehicle and fled on foot but was taken into custody after he attempted to jump a fence but fell.
Top speeds during the pursuit were more than 100 mph.
Gonzalez was also in possession of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest.
He remained in the Angelina County Jail as of 10 a.m.