Waco police are investigating a single-vehicle traffic crash Monday night in which a 16-year-old was killed and his father was arrested on an intoxication manslaughter charge.
Police think alcohol and excessive speed played roles in the crash, which claimed the life of Latrell Ballard, 16, of Tennessee, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
Police investigators say Ballard's father, 39-year-old Marcus Marquon Clear, of Waco, was driving a 2000 GMC Yukon south on North 18th Street shortly before 11 p.m. when he lost control and slammed into a utility pole, flipping the Yukon, Swanton said.
The collision with the pole knocked down live power lines, which caused additional injuries to those in the vehicle, Swanton said.
Ballard died at a local hospital. A front-seat passenger, 31-year-oldl Durel Nickles, suffered "significant injuries," Swanton said, as did Janiyah Fowler-Goonan, a 7-year-old girl who was riding in the back seat. The girl also suffered burns from the electrical wires and was transferred from a Waco hospital to McLane Children's Hospital in Temple.
Clear, who had no driver's license, was treated for minor injuries at a Waco hospital and was jailed later on one count of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault. He remained jailed Tuesday morning under bonds totaling $45,000.
Justice of the Peace James Lee pronounced Ballard dead and ordered an autopsy, Swanton said.