Mabank teen dies
By Julie Vaughan
MABANK–Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the death of a
19-year-old Mabank man killed shortly after midnight Saturday.
Mark Bradley Brewer had parked his 1993 Chevrolet pickup on the side of
Van Zandt County Road 2703 facing west and was outside his vehicle when
a second pickup traveling east hit Brewer and then his truck.
The incident occurred at 12:05 a.m. near Farm-to-Market 47, according to
a Texas Department of Public Safety report.
Austin James Busby, 20, also of Mabank, was driving the 1996 Dodge
pickup eastbound on VZCR 2703, DPS Sgt. Jeff Wimberly said.
Busby failed to yield half the roadway to Brewer’s truck, Wimberly
“He carried the pedestrian 150 feet and then continued to travel west
200 feet before stopping,” he said.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronnie Daniell pronounced Brewer dead at
the scene near 12:45 a.m.
The posted speed limit on VZCR 2703 is 55 mph, Wimberly noted.
Though the collision is still under investigation, Wimberly said it took
Busby a while to stop once he hit Brewer, indicating excessive speed
also may have been a factor.
Investigators listed intoxication as a factor in the accident.
Busby is being held in the Van Zandt County Justice Center on a charge
of intoxication manslaughter.
The accident is being investigated by Trooper Odie Phillips, who was
assisted by troopers Josh Sneed, Brady Lunceford, Chris Hinton and
Wimberly, along with sheriff’s deputy Steven Allen and Mabank Police
Officer Josh Jennings.
Champion EMS and the Mabank Fire Department also responded to the
wreck injures 2
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
(Editor’s note: This story ran incorrectly in the June 29 issue. The
two parties involved were switched. The Monitor deeply regrets the
SEVEN POINTS–A two-car collision about 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 23,
resulted in one person being airlifted to East Texas Medical Tyler and
one taken by ambulance to the ETMC emergency room in Gun Barrel City.
A police report filed by Seven Points Police Officer Dusty Bryant noted
Milburn Wade Rawlinson, 45, of Kemp was traveling south on County Road
2404, approaching Farm-to-Market 85.
Witnesses to the crash said Rawlinson, driving a 1985 Mercury station
wagon, failed to stop at a stop sign and entered FM 85.
Courtney Nicole Roark, 17, of Kemp, was traveling west on FM 85, driving
a brown 2001 Ford F-150 pickup,
Roark’s vehicle struck the station wagon as it entered FM 85.
Rawlinson suffered incapacitating injuries and was airlifted to ETMC
Roark was carrying a passenger, Carl Douglas Roark, 45, of Kemp, who was
Both airbags were deployed in the Roark vehicle.
The Rawlinson vehicle also tore through a short stretch of fence
belonging to J.T. Greenhaw.
Rawlinson was cited for having an expired driver’s license and failure
to maintain financial responsibility.
Bryant listed several factors contributing to the accident, in the
investigator’s opinion, which included, for Rawlinson, driver
inattention, failure to control speed and disregarding the stop sign.