Friday, August 21, 2020 at 3:30am, Vincent Runkle a 62 year old Silsbee man, was operating a white, 2016 Peterbuilt truck tractor pulling a hopper trailer. For unknown reasons he left the roadway in the 100 blk of E. Cardinal Dr. The truck tractor traveled across the southbound service road and came to rest in the LNVA canal. Responding officers jumped in the canal and pulled Mr. Runkle from the truck to the bank where EMS personnel began working on him. He was transported to St. Elizabeth’s where he was pronounced deceased. An autopsy was ordered and next of kin has been notified.
Beaumont Police Traffic Division Investigating an Early Morning Fatality- 100 block E Cardinal Drive
About the Author: Carol Riley
Officer Carol Riley is a 28 year veteran of the Beaumont Police Department. She hired on in 1992 and is currently assigned to Beaumont Police Community Relations Unit. She is a law enforcement coordinator for Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers and a Public Information Officer for City of Beaumont Emergency Management.