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Published on April 22, 2024
Second Victim Dies After Stolen 18-Wheeler Crash, Driver Faces Murder ChargesSource: Unsplash/ Mathurin NAPOLY / matnapo

A tragic series of events in Brenham, Texas, has claimed a second life after a man careened an allegedly stolen 18-wheeler into a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) office earlier this month, officials reported. The second victim, 63-year-old Cheryl Turner of Brenham, passed away, adding to a toll initiated by the earlier death of 78-year-old Bobby Huff, KHOU revealed.

The man behind the wheel, Clenard Parker, 42, now faces a string of charges including murder, criminal mischief, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Parker's reckless rampage through the DPS office came the day after he was denied a renewal of his commercial driver's license. According to the Texas Rangers, who continue to investigate, Parker smashed into the office after a brief highway chase on April 12. "We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased," DPS said in their social post, as noted by abc13.

After the incident, Parker remained unharmed and was taken into custody by law enforcement. The collision resulted in injuries to a total of 14 people, with six being taken to hospitals and eight treated at the scene. Parker, who remains jailed on a $4 million bond for his initial roster of nine charges, stole the big rig from a gas station in nearby Chappell Hill. Parker is accused of evading arrest and using the vehicle to inflict harm upon Turner, Huff, and the other casualties of his alleged actions.

The aftermath of the catastrophe has left the Brenham Driver License Office shuttered indefinitely. Residents seeking services have been directed to alternate locations in Bryan, Hempstead, and Caldwell. Early reports indicate that Parker might face additional charges following Turner's death, though officials have yet to confirm any further prosecution. The investigation into this devastating occurrence carries on.