Police release names of 2 killed in Thursday crash

Published 9:32 am Thursday, May 19, 2022

ORANGE COUNTY — A motorcyclist was killed and so was a sports utility vehicle driver following a Thursday morning crash near Bridge City.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the crash that took place on Texas 87 just north of Texas 62.

A preliminary investigation shows at approximately 6:30 a.m. a motorcycle was traveling north. It is reported a Dodge SUV pulled onto Texas 87 from Gaylynn Drive and the motorcycle struck the SUV, according to information from DPS.

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The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced deceased on the scene by a justice of the peace. Police said the driver of the 2014 Yamaha motorcycle was 46-year-old William Wantuck of Orange.

The driver of the SUV and one child passenger were taken to a Beaumont hospital for treatment. There was one other child passenger who was not injured.

The driver of the 2010 Dodge SUV was identified as 32-year-old Harley Laughlin of Buna. Laughlin was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

This investigation is ongoing.