Kirby PD: Speed, slick roads cause deadly crash

20-year-old San Antonio man tentatively identified

KIRBY, Texas – A horrific crash on FM 78 near Gibbs Sprawl Road which claimed the life of a 20-year-old man is believed to be due to high speed and rain-slick roads.

Police in Kirby said by some witness estimates, the driver was traveling as fast as 80 mph when he crashed just before 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

"We have an estimate of a real high-speed array," said Officer BJ Connolly, with Kirby police. "Probably there was that fault with the driver, including the weather at the same time."

The driver, police said, hit a curb as he traveled west on FM 78, and that sent his car flying across Gibbs Sprawl Road and into a traffic light pole, which then fell on top of the car.

They said traffic lights and live power lines also began to fall down as the car burst into flames.

"A car was at the intersection -- at the red light -- when it happened in front of him (and the driver of that car) did remove the subject from the vehicle due to it was starting to catch on fire," Connolly said. "He did remove (the driver), so that was a great deed to him. "

The driver, whose name was not released immediately, was already dead before then, police said.

As of 11 a.m., staff at the medical examiner's office said they had made only a tentative identification. Police, however, said the dead man is from San Antonio.

After the crash, Bexar County sheriff's deputies and San Antonio police helped Kirby officers shut down nearby roads for several hours.

They reopened two eastbound lanes and one westbound lane after 8 a.m.

Crews, meanwhile, continued to clean up the debris in the area.

Police estimated that repair work on the traffic light would take until around 5 p.m. 

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