Man Charged in Fatal Accident

Posted/updated on: January 5, 2013 at 6:28 am

Justin Lee EcholsTYLER — A northeast Texas man has been formally charged in connection with a fatal accident near Overton. Justin Echols, 30, of Diana is charged with criminally negligent homicide in the accident happened on County Road 217 on October 11th.

Authorities say Echols lost control of his pickup while turning a corner and hit a tree. A passenger in the truck, Michele Allen, 27, of Harleton, was thrown from the truck and pinned underneath it. She later died from her injuries. Authorities say after the accident, Echols, hopped on an ATV, traveled away from the crash site and crashed again. He then reportedly ran from the area.

Echols later turned himself in at the Upshur County Jail and was later transfered to the Smith County Jail. He is currently free on a $250,000 bond.

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