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PAPD releases name of child killed in collision
PORT ARTHUR - Port Arthur Police have released the name of a child killed in a collision caused by his mother.
Chance Konkler, 7, attended DeQueen Elementary, according to Port Arthur ISD records, which show he was on the A/B honor roll.
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Police tell KFDM they're investigating the crash as a possible case of intoxication manslaughter against the mother. She's hospitalized at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont.
Investigators say they don't believe the child was searing a seat belt.
(Thursday) PORT ARTHUR- by Haley Bull
Port Arthur Police said they are investigating a wreck that left a 7-year old boy dead as a possible case of intoxication manslaughter against the driver. Police believe the driver is the boy's mother.
Orange paint, debris and a teddy bear left on the road Thursday afternoon mark the scene of the fatal collision that killed the child.
"The impact it was like a building blowing up or something, it was terrible," Tammy Earnest said.
"It's very devastating. It gives you the chills when you see stuff like this," Fernando Barhona said.
"It was horrific, it was really bad," Tracy Mai said.
Just after 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Port Arthur Police said a woman driving a pick-up truck on 4th. Ave. lost control, went through a parking lot, off a curb and into Gulfway Dr. Her pick-up hit a car traveling east. The truck overturned and the impact ejected the child from the vehicle.
"There go the little boy, flew out the car, it end up falling on the little boy. The truck end up on the little boy," Earnest said.
People nearby rushed to help.
"I got a couple of my homeboys, we went over there to try to push it," Barhona said.
"My customer and my worker tried to lift up the truck to get the kid out, but everybody cried at that time 'cuz it bad," Kim Nguyen said.
The child died from his injuries.
"We have not seen any type of sign that the child was belted in and we have not found any type of child restraint device inside the vehicle as of yet," Port Arthur Police Sgt. Steve Davis said.
The driver of the pick-up was flown by medical helicopter to Christus Hospital St.Elizabeth in Beaumont. Police believe she's the young boy's mother. Investigators said her injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.
"It's scary, it's really scary. It's sad, too, because that's how fast things happen sometimes you know," Earnest said.
It's a collision that unfolded in a matter of seconds, claiming the life of a child.
"You think everything's going to be perfect but you never know what's gonna happen," Barhona said.
Police said one person in the car that was struck suffered minor injuries.