A Beaumont man is dead following a single-car accident Friday night, Jan. 24, 2014, at approximately 8 p.m. in the 4500 block of U.S 69 South on the Fannett Road overpass. According to traffic investigators, multiple factors contributed to the cause and severity of the crash.
Police report that 24-year-old Robert Earl Bienemy lost control of his 1995 Chevrolet pick-up truck as he was heading westbound on the overpass. Investigators believe that he may have been operating his vehicle at an unsafe speed given that fact that weather conditions had caused ice to form on the overpass. After Bienemy lost control of his vehicle, it spun, hit the guardrail, and then came to a rest in the grassy median that separates the westbound and eastbound sides of the highway. The impact and spin, along with the fact that Bienemy was not seat-belted, caused him to be ejected from the vehicle.
Judge Ransom Jones pronounced Bienemy dead at the scene and ordered an autopsy to be performed in the coming week. Two passengers were uninjured during the incident.
"There are speed limits, but with icy roads you really need to slow down," BPD Sgt. Rob Flores said.