Centerville, TX Truck And Van Collision, Jul 1979
FIVE DIE IN CRASH - DRIVER CHARGED.
Centerville, Texas (AP) - The driver of a truck that crashed into a small church van has been charged with criminal negligent homicide in the drowning deaths of five persons from the First Baptist Church in Cleveland, Texas.
The trucker, Bobby Lee Smith, 23, of Lufkin, was released on a $5,000
bond Friday by the Leon County Sheriff's Department. The charges, a misdemeanor, is punishable by a $2,000 fine and up to two years in jail.
Three teen-agers and two adults were killed when Smith's truck allegedly hit the van, pushing it into a flood-swollen creek.
The dead were identified as:
WAYNE McGEE, 31.
BETTY McGEE, 30.
DAVID WILLIAMSON, 14.
ELIZABETH BAZAR, 14.
PAM FITCH, 14.
All were from the Cleveland area.
The van's seven other passengers were treated at a hospital and released, deputies said.
Garden City Telegram Kansas 1979-07-28