Weatherford Democrat

April 30, 2014

Man killed in car crash; alcohol suspected


Weatherford Democrat

By CHRISTIN COYNE

Weatherford police believe alcohol may have been a factor in a single vehicle crash early Tuesday morning that left a Parker County man dead. 

The driver of a 2006 white Dodge 2500 pickup, Clifford Bryant, 49, was pronounced dead on the shoulder of Interstate 20 shortly after 2:30 a.m., according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner. 

Police were not sure whether the 33-year-old passenger was thrown from the vehicle or got out of the vehicle before police arrived. He was transported to a Fort Worth hospital for his injuries. 

The vehicle was traveling westbound on I-20 west of the Santa Fe Drive exit and appeared to have been preparing to take the South Main exit, according to Weatherford police. 

“In interviewing with the passenger, he did confirm that they had been to a bar east of Weatherford consuming alcohol and were on their way back to Weatherford when the accident occurred,” Weatherford police CID Sgt. John Rudolph said. “We don’t know how the accident occurred other than it looks like they went off the road a little bit and maybe overcorrected and they hit a support beam for one of the traffic signs ... on the driver’s side of the pickup.” 

The crash caused substantial damage to the pickup, likely resulting in the death of the driver at that moment, and the vehicle then rolled or slid to a stop, according to Rudolph. 

Toxicology testing by the medical examiner’s office, which could help investigators determine whether alcohol was a factor, could take some time, Rudolph said.