One person dead after pickup truck jumps Galveston seawall

A driver of a pick-up truck now faces charges after striking two pedestrians on the seawall, killing one of them
Monday, June 09, 2014
Police have identified the man accused of hitting two pedestrians with his truck before crashing over the seawall Sunday morning.

The driver of the vehicle, Kevin Wade Wilson, 49, now faces manslaughter and aggravated assault charges. He's being held on a $500,000 and $250,000 bond.

Galveston police say Wilson was driving a red Ford pick-up truck Sunday morning in the 2300 block of Seawall Blvd. when he struck two pedestrians, killing one of them. Wilson then drove the truck over the seawall.


Witnesses claim, according to police, that the driver of the truck turned westbound onto Seawall Blvd. from 21st Street and began crossing lanes of traffic and left the road directly in front of Murdoch's Souvenirs.

Two people standing on the stairs in front of the store were hit. The truck then flew off the road, police say, and landed in the sand.


One of the people in front of the store, identified as Raphael Flajole, 62, died on the scene. Flajole was a resident of Lake Orion, Michigan and the brother of Father John Paul of the Holy Family Parish in Galveston. Flajole was visiting the island with his wife and two daughters to celebrate his brother's 50th anniversary as a priest and 79th birthday.

The other victim, identified as Shane Sabala, 48, was transported to John Sealy Hospital in Galveston in stable but serious condition.


Wilson also sustained minor injures and was also sent to John Sealy Hospital for treatment. Wilson is currently on probation for a previous narcotics conviction.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
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