Local authorities remained busy through the Fourth of July with calls for service, fireworks complaints and several serious crashes, including one fatal hit-and-run crash.
Fire officials and police responded to a steady stream of fireworks complaints throughout the city late Tuesday evening, Deputy Fire Marshal Lt. Riley Kilgo said. Complaints were most prevalent in West Waco and South Waco, but authorities were responding throughout the city for most of the night, especially between about 8:30 p.m. and midnight, Kilgo said.
Fire officials helped handle one fireworks injury in the China Spring area.
"We had one fireworks injury with a walk-in at Station 12 when a man came to the station saying some type of firework exploded on his arm," Kilgo said. "He was transported from that station by private vehicle to the hospital."
A grass fire was reported near the former Floyd Casey Stadium site Tuesday night, but fire crews were not able to attribute the fire to fireworks, Kilgo said. Residents near the 1600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard also reported a tree caught fire from fireworks, but the blaze was quickly extinguished.
Kilgo said no structure fires were reported over the Fourth of July.
Law enforcement officials responded to several serious traffic crashes and calls for service over the holiday.
Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said officers had a large call volume on the Fourth of July, including domestic disturbances, traffic issues and fireworks complaints.
"We were holding calls all day and night almost," Swanton said. "There was nothing major, but any time you have an influx of people off for a holiday and people are taking advantage of that, people are going to be out and about more, in the public more, so obviously our call load goes up."
There were several traffic issues in the area of McLane Stadium for Fourth on the Brazos events, particularly with fireworks spectators parking along Interstate 35 access roads and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Swanton said.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. D.L. Wilson said Javon O'Neal Broussard, 19, was clocked driving more than 100 mph on southbound Interstate 35, near Crest Drive, when a trooper tried to stop him. Broussard, a solider from Fort Hood, fled from the trooper, exiting at Behrens Circle and crashing into a sign for Delta Inn near the interstate, Wilson said.
Broussard was arrested and taken to McLennan County Jail on a third-degree felony charge of evading. He remained jailed Wednesday with bond listed at $5,000.
In Bellmead, Jana McElyea, 36, of West, was hit by an unknown car near the intersection of New Dallas Highway and Montrose Street about 9:15 p.m. Monday, Bellmead police Sgt. Kory Martin stated in a press release. Police stated McElyea died from her injuries at a local hospital.
The driver of the other vehicle involved had left the area when police arrived, leaving them searching for the vehicle and driver.
No arrests have been made, and the investigation remains ongoing.