Arlington Police Department investigating fatal crash


KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas — UPDATE — On June 6, 2018, Elton Ray Hammers was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle.

Hammers was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and $356 in court costs.

ORIGINAL [July 11, 2016] — A Quinlan, Texas, man was killed early Saturday morning after an alleged intoxicated driver struck his disabled vehicle on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 80 in eastern Kaufman County.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), preliminary investigation indicates 23-year-old John M. Baker of Quinlan, Texas, was in a Ford Ranger, which was disabled on the shoulder of eastbound U.S. Highway 80 west of the Van Zandt County line, when it was struck by a Chevrolet pickup truck being driven by 24-year-old Elton Hammers of Wills Point, Texas.

The crash took place at approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2016.

DPS Sergeant Kyle Bradford told a passenger in the Chevrolet also sustained serious injuries and was transported by medical helicopter to Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

“Hammera was not seriously injured in the crash,” stated Bradford. “He was arrested and taken to the Kaufman County Jail where was charged with intoxication manslaughter.”

Bradford says the crash remains under investigation.

The Elmo Volunteer Fire Department, CareFlite, the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, and DPS responded to the crash scene.