MILAM COUNTY, Texas — Three people are dead after a vehicle led a Milam County Sheriff’s Office deputy on a chase, which ended in a fiery crash Thursday, according to a MCSO news release.
At approximately 3:49 p.m., a vehicle evading the MCSO deputy at a high rate of speed left the roadway and crashed south of County Road 337 on Highway 36/U.S. 190 onto private property, the release said.
As a result of the crash, the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames, and the Milano Fire Department arrived on the scene to extinguish the fire, MCSO said.
The Texas Department of Public Safety also responded to the crash.
DPS said Phabian Jyquez Bynaum, 19, of Cameron was driving the vehicle, a 2015 Dodge Challenger. He and two passengers — Malik Ezekiel Thomas, 21, and Davarius Travon Hoelscher, 20, both of Cameron — were pronounced dead on the scene.
Bynaum tried to pass another vehicle on the southbound shoulder, and the right tires left the roadway, then the Dodge lost control, according to DPS. It crossed into the northbound lane, crashed through a fence, then collided with a tree. The Dodge landed upside down and then caught on fire.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the crash.
Milam County is located northeast of Austin.