04 23 2014

Troopers Say Speed, Alcohol May Have Been Factors In Fatal Crash

By Julie Vaughan
Editor
Unsafe speed and possibly alcohol may have been factors in a crash Friday night that took the life of a Wills Point man on Farm-to-Market 47 Friday night.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Landon Corbett said Christopher Gene Bowling, 28, was traveling southbound on FM 47 in a 1999 black Acura just after 7:30 when he lost control of his vehicle.
“(Bowling) was traveling at an unsafe speed for a left curve and drove beyond the white fog line which separates the southbound lane of the roadway from the west ditch,” Corbett explained.
“The driver then over-corrected to the left causing him to skid across the roadway in a counter-clockwise spin. He then entered the east ditch of FM 47 where his vehicle struck two medium to large sized trees,” Corbett said. “The vehicle then rolled onto the right and top where it came to rest upside down while in the east ditch facing northeast.”
Corbett said Bowling, “had been drinking and alcohol may have been a factor.”
According to the investigating trooper, Jose Zaragoza’s report, “A family member stated that the driver had been drinking before speeding away from his residence in a bad mood due to family arguments.”
Bowling was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Donald Kirkpatrick.

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