UPDATED: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 5:30pm
TEMPLE — A Gatesville man is dead, following a traffic accident Tuesday night.
According to Temple Police Department, police officers along with Temple Fire and Rescue and crews with Scott and White EMS were dispatched to a major traffic collision at the intersection of Airport Road (State Highway 36) and Research Parkway at 9:55 p.m. on Tuesday.
Upon initial investigation, the scene indicated that a black Dodge pickup, occupied by two males and one female, had been traveling westbound on Airport Road, approaching Research Parkway. Witnesses report that a red two door Dodge passenger car, occupied by one male and one female, was traveling northbound on Research Parkway at “a high rate of speed”. The vehicle reportedly it failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of the two roadways. The red vehicle proceeded into the intersection where it collided with the pickup. Several occupants from the vehicle were ejected during the crash.
All five occupants of the vehicles were transported to Scott and White Hospital by EMS. The two male occupants of the pickup were transported with very serious injuries. The female was transported with life threatening injuries.
The two occupants of the red vehicle were also taken to Scott and White Hospital, where the driver was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Duffield. He has been identified as John Jarrett Colton Carter, 26, of Gatesville. His female passenger was admitted with very serious injuries.
Alcohol is being considered one of the contributing factors in the crash. The investigation into the cause of the crash is being conducted by members of the Temple Police Department Traffic Unit’s Accident Reconstruction Team.