Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 8:40 P.M., Officers responded to the 4200 block of Eastex Freeway, south bound service road, in reference to a crash. A 37 year old Beaumont man was operating a 2002 GMC Yukon southbound on the service road and was struck from behind by a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Nelson Ray Wheaton, a 55 year old Beaumont man. Based on the scene, Wheaton was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control. Wheaton was pronounced deceased at the scene and the other driver was transported to the hospital and treated for his injuries. Next of kin was notified and Judge Collins ordered an autopsy.
Beaumont Police Traffic Unit Investigating a Fatality Crash-4200 Eastex Frwy
About the Author: Carol Riley
Officer Carol Riley is a 29 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.