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Preliminary findings released concerning ETX crash that killed 12-year-old

Preliminary findings released concerning ETX crash that killed 12-year-old
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POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 7:45am

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:21am

The Texas Department of Public Safety has released preliminary findings in the crash investigation involving the death of a 12-year-old boy on that occurred March 1, 2014.

 The crash investigation revealed, James Patterson was traveling from Mountain Home, Arkansas, en-route to Santa Fe, Texas, when he drove off US 59 and crashed into the Neches River. Patterson and his 14-year-old daughter were able to escape the vehicle but 12-year-old Chance Patterson was unable to get out of the vehicle and drowned at the scene.

The investigation indicates Patterson had been awake for an extended period of time causing him to be fatigued. It is also believed Patterson was distracted by a commercial vehicle that was passing him in the outside lane of US 59, in which Patterson moved over to the left to what he believed to be an improved shoulder and subsequently drove off the roadway and into the Neches River resulting in the crash.

As part of the investigation Patterson voluntarily provided a sample of his blood for analysis and final results are pending.

No charges have been filed at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

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