Troopers believe Beaumont hit-and-run caused by medical condition

Troopers believe Beaumont hit-and-run caused by medical condition

State troopers investigating an apparent hit-and-run accident believe the crash may have been caused by a medical condition suffered by one of the two pickup truck drivers involved in the incident, reports Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Stephanie Davis. 

According to Davis, DPS troopers responded to a report of a possible hit-and-run crash that occurred in Beaumont at about 11 a.m. on Aug. 21. They reportedly learned that a Dodge pickup truck traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 in Beaumont was struck from behind by a Ford pickup truck. The driver of the Ford did not stop and continued eastbound on Interstate 10 into Orange County. The driver of the vehicle that was struck followed the Ford pickup into Orange County and made contact with Orange County Troopers.

Troopers soon found the truck with a blown tire on the access road of the interstate near FM 1442. Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued eastbound on the access road. The driver ultimately stopped his vehicle on the access road of the interstate at Highway 62, where Troopers conducted a traffic stop.

Due to the erratic and confused behavior exhibited by the driver, troopers placed him under arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. They then transported the man, identified as 70-year-old Finis Taylor of Houston, to Baptist Hospital in Orange for medical observation. Troopers suspect that the driver's medical condition may have contributed to his erratic driving and unusual behavior.

At this time, there is an ongoing criminal investigation into the accident and all information is preliminary, Davis reported. The vehicular damage caused in the accident resulted in less than $1,000 in estimated repairs; therefore, said Davis, the incident was a non-reportable crash.