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Man Charged in Traffic Death of Off-Duty Firefighter

Man Charged in Traffic Death of Off-Duty Firefighter

A motorcycle rider was in critical condition Sunday after his bike was hit by a pickup on FM 517 at 27th Street in San Leon.

The Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix

August 04, 2010

HOUSTON – An off-duty Houston firefighter died after his motorcycle was struck in San Leon by a driver who was later charged with intoxication manslaughter, authorities said Monday.

Johnnie Williams, 49, was hit by a Ford pickup truck about 3:45 p.m. Sunday on FM 517 near 27th Street, said officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The driver of the pickup, identified by DPS officials as Shane Holton, 39, failed to yield the right-of-way to Williams. Holton appeared intoxicated at the scene and was taken to an area hospital for a mandatory blood draw, officials said.

Williams, who had been assigned to HFD’s Fire Station 71 in Clear Lake, was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital where he died later Sunday night, officials said.

Holton was charged with intoxication manslaughter and driving with an expired license. He is at the Galveston County Jail with bail set at $50,000 for the manslaughter charge and $5,000 for the expired license, officials said.