Man Fleeing Dallas Police Hits, Kills Driver

Man sped away from police, ran a red light

A driver is charged with intoxication manslaughter after hitting and killing a man on Thursday night in Dallas, police said.

Police said they were trying to pull over Eric Austin on Inwood Road near Love Field at about 9:30 p.m. when he sped away. Dashcam video shows Austin appear to stop and then suddenly speed off.

"He was flying, coming across that intersection fast," witness Blair Bryant said.

Investigators said Austin ran a red light, hit a Lincoln Town Car and broadsided a Kia at West Mockingbird Lane and Maple Avenue.

The driver of the Kia, Clay Curnutt, 50, of Morgan, was thrown from the wreckage and died at the scene.

Chris Curnutt, the victim's brother, said his brother was driving home after visiting his niece and nephew.

"He's 50 years old, but he's still someone's little boy," he said.

Curnutt said his brother avoided the highways while driving home.

"He lives in Morgan, and he would take side streets to avoid drunk drivers and people driving crazy," he said. "And of course, it was on a side street was where he was killed by a drunk driver."

"I'm convinced whatever happens to the guy who did this, it's just a matter of years before he'll be out of prison," Curnutt said.

The driver of the Town Car was injured and was released from the hospital on Friday afternoon.

Austin was on probation for drunken driving and had a suspended license at the time of the crash. He was booked into jail on Friday night.

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