A man accused of causing the deaths of three Sabine County firefighters late last month is now being held in the Jasper County Jail for Sabine County authorities.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says the Saturday, January 16th crash was the result of 44-year-old Hemphill resident Curtis Harrison failing to yield right-of-way while leaving a private driveway in the Pendleton Harbor Community.
Following treatment for his own injuries, Harrison was arrested and is now being held on three counts of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle. His bond has been set at a combined total of $600,000.00.
Troopers said Harrison was driving a 2021 Toyota passenger car when he pulled onto Highway 21 in front of an eastbound 2010 GMC pickup truck which struck the Toyota, and then went into the westbound lane and collided with a 2016 Chevrolet pickup truck that was driven by Vanessa Davis, 28, and occupied by her husband, Jason Davis, 38, and their friend, Ralph Hill, 48.
All three died as a result of the wreck, and all three were Pendleton Harbor firefighters.
Hill was the father of two sons and two daughters, all of whom are grown, while the Davis couple were the parents of three young children.
The Jasper County Jail contracts with surrounding counties to hold their jail inmates, which is both a source of revenue for Jasper County and also helps to ease crowding in other county jails.