One dead in early morning crash near dam

Emmitt James Harris

By Jessica Coleman
Staff Writer
An early morning single-vehicle crash left one man dead after he attempted to flee Edna Police at the intersection of FM 1822 and FM 3131.

At just after 2:30 a.m. on May 11, 39-year-old Emmitt James Harris, known to friends as 50 Pak, was traveling at approximately 120 miles per hour in a 2006 Acura as he came to the T where FM 1822 intersects with FM 3131, near Edna. Harris reportedly lost control as the vehicle continued into the private driveway of the Lavaca Navidad River Authority, hitting the pavement and skidding to the side, eventually hitting a metal pipe fence, according to Texas DPS Public Information Officer Ruben San Miguel.

The impact reportedly tore the Acura in two, and Harris was pronounced dead at 3:35 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Cyndi Poulton.

Harris, whose driver license says is an Edna resident, was wearing his safety belt at the time of the crash, and was the only occupant of the vehicle.

The crash is being investigated by DPS. This story is developing and will be updated as we receive more information.

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