Another fatal crash on the Neches River bridge

A Saturday afternoon drive turned deadly for one family after a pickup truck rear-ended their sedan, killing 31-year-old Steven Scott Curtis of Bridge City. 

Police say the family was traveling west, coming down the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge, also known as Neches River Bridge, when traffic slowed near the base of the bridge in Beaumont. 

The family’s 2004 gray Toyota Corolla was then struck by a 2011 Ford F-350 pickup, knocking the smaller car into another vehicle at approximately 2:51 p.m., according to a police press release. 

Three passengers were in the Corolla, including a 1-year-old in a rear-facing child seat. The toddler and driver were uninjured, but Curtis was killed as a result of the crash, police said. 

“The baby and everybody else is fine,” said BPD spokesperson Carol Riley. “Nobody else had any life-threatening injuries.” 

Riley said no charges have been filed in the death as of Monday, Oct. 22.

Earlier this year on Aug. 31, Billy Wayne Hight, 22, of Vidor died on the westbound side of the bridge when, according to the Beaumont Police Department, he drove his GMC pickup truck eastbound in the westbound lane of I-10 and collided head on with an 18-wheeler at 2:14 a.m.

For a story on that collision, click here: