Texas persecutors believe that highway racing was the cause of the deadliest traffic accident in Montgomery County history – and the trial of the Magnolia man charged with the deaths has now begun.
Texas Police say that 23-year-old Brandon Lee Ferguson was drag racing a Chevrolet Cobalt down Texas 249 on January 10, 2009. The car, which police believe was traveling at 117 miles per hour, struck a westbound minivan that was attempting a left-hand turn onto Partridge Circle. The van was carrying five people. Three occupants died in the van, which burst into flames, while one occupant was killed after being thrown from the vehicle. A fifth woman survived the Texas car accident with serious injuries.
Those that were killed in the crash include 60-year-old Donald Lee Sexton of College Station, his parents 83-year-olds Lloyd and Catherine Edwards, and Sexton’s uncle, 70-year-old Curtis Charles Edward of Pinehurst. Ferguson’s girlfriend, who was in the passenger’s seat of the Cobalt, 18-year-old Kayla Ann Pratorius, also died in the car accident. Another relative, Karla Kay Sexton, survived the crash with a spinal cord injury, a cracked pelvis, and a damaged liver.
Ferguson has been charged with five counts of manslaughter with a deadly weapon and one count of manslaughter with a deadly weapon. He could face $50,000 in fines and up to 20 years in jail. Ferguson’s uncle told reporters that the young man had been given the fixed-up car just days before the van accident. Witnesses say that Ferguson had been seen racing a motorcycle on the same stretch of Texas highway.