Brenham DPS crash involving allegedly stolen big rig claims 2nd life weeks later, officials say

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Monday, April 22, 2024
2nd victim in Brenham DPS office crash involving 18-wheeler dies
Two people have now died after officials said 42-year-old Clenard Parker slammed a stolen 18-wheeler into a Brenham, Texas, DPS office on April 12.

BRENHAM, Texas (KTRK) -- A second person has died after authorities said a driver plowed a stolen big rig into a Texas Department of Public Safety office in Brenham earlier this month.

The victim was identified as 63-year-old Cheryl Turner of Brenham and is the second person to die as a result of the April 12 incident, according to the department.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased," DPS said in a social media post on Monday.

Clenard Parker, 42, remains in jail and currently faces a $4 million bond for nine charges, including murder, criminal mischief, evading arrest, unauthorized use of a vehicle, four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and aggravated assault against a public servant.

Parker is accused of stealing an 18-wheeler and intentionally crashing into the Brenham DPS office. Bobby Huff, 78, was injured among several people, but he later died at the hospital.

According to DPS, Turner and Huff were among three victims who were hospitalized following the crash. The third remains alive, but officials said they're unsure if that victim is still in the hospital.

ORIGINAL REPORT: 1 dead, several injured after driver in stolen 18-wheeler crashes into TX DPS office in Brenham: DPS

Texas DPS officials are reporting one death and several injuries after a driver in a stolen 18-wheeler crashed into their Brenham office Friday.

Investigators said Parker crashed into the DPS office one day after being denied a commercial driver's license renewal.

Parker initially faced five charges, but four new charges were filed last week, prompting the judge to increase his bond, initially set at $2 million. Officials said it's too early to tell if Parker's charges will be upgraded with a second victim dying.

He allegedly stole the 18-wheeler used in the crash from a gas station in Chappell Hill. Law enforcement caught up with Parker in Brenham and briefly pursued him on Highway 290 before they say he intentionally turned the big rig into the DPS office.

According to DPS, the Brenham Driver License Office will remain closed for an undetermined time. Alternative offices are located in Bryan, Hempstead, and Caldwell.

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A family member of the 42-year-old Parker, who is accused of crashing into the Brenham DPS office on Friday, said that he was usually silent in the aftermath of a car crash. "If he ever gets upset, you never know that," Parker's sister told ABC13.

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