DPS has released the name of the man killed in the Monday night fatal crash on SH 249 just north of Woodtrace. He is identified as Stephen Wayne Novacec, 24 of Bryan, Texas.

Novacec was ejected just before the vehicle burst into flames. One think that troopers are still investigating is the fact that his seat belt was still buckled after the fire. Due to the intensity of the blaze it was impossible to determine if he was wearing it properly or it was buckled behind him.

According to witnesses Novacec was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed. When he reached the point of three lanes merging to one he struck the curb, lost control and hit the tree and power pole.

This has been the second fatal crash since 2009 at the same location.


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  1. LocalDrifter

    Also, is it absolutely necessary to have the pictures and video

    Censorship wouldn’t alter the outcome of a speeder died after being pitched from his ride. If you enjoy being uninformed and in the dark, living out your life in N. Korea or China might appeal to you. Is an ostrich with head its head in the sand a part of your family crest?

  2. Delilah

    This is my husband’s cousin. His last name is spelled Novacek not Novacec. Also, is it absolutely necessary to have the pictures and video. It is just really inappropriate for his family and friends to have to see this.

  3. LocalDrifter

    Those seat belt tricks are so clever… up to a certain point and then it’s Good Night Irene.

    Seatbelt subterfuge kills driver (2008)

    “Ultimately Mr Segedin’s actions in driving without a seatbelt have cost him his life in an accident that he may well have survived had he worn one,” coroner Carla na Nagara said yesterday.

    Mr Segedin died in a crash on July 22 last year near Okato, in Taranaki, from multiple injuries when his car crossed the road and collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle, the coroner said.

    Mr Segedin, 39, refused to wear a seatbelt and had been fined for not wearing one 32 times since February 2003.

    Examination of his car found that, though it was fitted with proper seatbelts, an additional belt with a long strap had been knotted above the seatbelt on the driver’s side, providing a belt to simply sit over the driver’s shoulder, Ms Nagara said.

    Ms Nagara said not wearing a seatbelt was the one variable that made the difference between life and death. “He died when quite possibly he need not have.” His fatal injuries were caused when he was thrown forward on to the steering wheel in a low-impact crash.

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