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Approximately 1 in 5 crashes in Texas involves distracted driving, which continues to be a problem in the state, even after a state law banned texting and driving in 2017.

“Our message is no longer just a public safety suggestion to urge Texans to avoid distraction while operating a vehicle – it is to remind them of the law that now forbids such activity,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “One life lost is one too many and distracted driving is completely preventable.”

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies were working eastbound traffic on Interstate 10 at Smith Road on June 3, at about 12: 30 p.m. when they observed a Mercedes pass them with no license plates.

The vehicle was stopped for the traffic violation, at which time the drriver stated he had no driver's license; however, he verbally identified himself as Kenneth Jerrod Branch, of Dickinson. Branch admitted he was a convicted felon and that there was a loaded pistol near the front seat. He was detained for further investigation.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety reported a pedestrian was killed Thursday, May 30, at about 9 p.m. on Interstate 10 near FM 1132.

Information from responding agencies said the pedestrian was hit numerous times by vehicles on the interstate. The westbound lanes were shut down for several hours as the accident was investigated.

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An autopsy has been ordered after the Vidor Police Department recovered the body of an individual floating in a private pond near the city's community pool.

According to Vidor Chief Rod Carroll, the department received a call of a possible body floating in the pond around the 19000 block of Interstate 10. With assistance from the Orange County Sheriff's Office and Orange County Emergency Service District No. 1, the remains of a suspected white male were recovered. 

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The death that was initially suspected to have been caused by fire at a Lumberton residence has been labeled as a homicide, according to Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins. 

According to police information, 71-year-old Janice Dill Sherwood was found after first responders extinguished a home fire on Thursday, May 23. Following the results of a preliminary autopsy, Sherwood's death was determined to be a result of a homicide. 

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