Overton man faces intoxicated manslaughter charges after hitting a pedestrian with his vehicle and fleeing the scene

Published on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 18:26 - Written by LOUANNA CAMPBELL, lcampbell@tylerpaper.com

An Overton man is facing an intoxicated manslaughter charge after he fled the scene of a fatal crash on Tuesday near Liberty City in Gregg County.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a report of a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle shortly before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on County Road 2652. 

The DPS preliminary crash report revealed the driver of a 1994 Mercury Topaz was driving fast as he traveled down south on County Road 3652 when its driver hit a pedestrian. The car, which was driven by Michael Lydall Grant, 37, failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of County Road 3652 and County Road 3615.

The car then struck Lechell Scott, 34, of Kilgore, as he was walking north on County Road 3652.

Scott was pronounced dead at the scene and his body taken to Cunningham Funeral Home in Kilgore.

Grant fled the scene, but was located, arrested and booked into the Gregg County Jail. He was charged with intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle, causing an accident involving death and for a parole violation out of Austin, according to Gregg County judicial records. 

Grant's legal history in Gregg County dates back to 2003 and includes drug charges and evading arrest. 

The crash remains under investigation. 

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