The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

July 5, 2013

Palestine man killed in Shreveport crash

Staff Reports
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — A Palestine man was killed Sunday, June 30, after attempting to escape a car crash in Shreveport.

A Louisiana television station reported 51-year-old Curtis Bentley died after being hit by several cars along I-220 in west Shreveport late Sunday night, after crashing his own vehicle.

He survived the crash, but was killed after apparently being run over by at least five vehicles after he got out of his car and attempted to cross the interstate.

Police reports indicate Bentley was driving his Mazda 3 west on Jefferson Paige Road when he apparently clipped a center median.

Investigators said the car kept going west in the eastbound lane until it hit another median and went over a bridge railing and down to the shoulder of I-220, catching fire on the way down.

Shreveport law enforcement officials confirm officers were called to an incident involving Bentley at the Plantation Inn, located near the crash site, just minutes before they were notified of the major accident that also turned out to involve him.

The call to the Plantation Inn came in at 11:09 p.m. The accident call came in at 11:11 p.m.

According to official reports, police interviewed the driver of the pickup truck who first hit Bentley, but they are still trying to identify other drivers involved in the incident.

The crash, as well as what led up it to, remains under investigation.