Fatality in Port Arthur under investigation

Fatality in Port Arthur under investigation

A Rhode Island man was found dead by DPS Troopers Monday, May 5, following an auto-pedestrian accident occurring on Highway 87 in Port Arthur.

According to a Department of Public Safety press release, at approximately 4:30 a.m. Monday morning, 26-year-old Lyndi Morris of Groves struck the pedestrian, 35-year-old Brian Chase, who was lying in the outside lane of the highway. Morris struck Chase once with her with her 1994 GMC truck, the press release stated.

Chase was pronounced dead by Judge Brad Burnett. Morris was not injured.

DPS Trooper Stephanie Davis said Chase was in Southeast Texas working construction, but not at the time of the crash, and is unsure why the man was lying in the road or whether he was alive or dead when he was struck by Morris.

“Due to the unusual circumstances of the auto-pedestrian fatality on Highway 87, the Texas Department of Public Safety will rely on autopsy results for Brian Chase to provide additional information on his physical condition prior to the crash,” Davis said in an updated press release. “The autopsy should provide toxicology information as well. These results should return within the next 2-3 weeks.”

The accident remains under investigation.