Pedestrian killed on U.S. 287 was hit by drunk driver

The offending driver was arrested for intoxication manslaughter

Zack Maxwell

A man killed Wednesday evening while changing a flat tire on the side of U.S. Highway 287 was struck by a drunk driver, police reported Friday morning.

After his car experienced a flat tire, 58-year-old Richard Spencer pulled off to the side of the road on the southbound side of the 5800 block of U.S. Highway 287. As he was working in the trunk area, a second vehicle veered out of its lane and struck Spencer and his car.

Marcus Williams, 26, was the driver of that other vehicle, and was arrested for intoxication manslaughter, police said in a release. He was not in Arlington’s jail Friday morning. The amount of his bond is not clear.

Spencer died at the scene from his injuries.

According to Williams' arrest warrant, one witness reported to the police that the car Williams was driving, a 2010 Chevrolet Impala, had been swerving in and out of his lane and been all over the road just prior to striking Spencer's car.

Two other witnesses pulled over to lend assistance to both drivers, but found Williams to be combative, as did EMS personnel when they arrived on the scene to administer medical attention.

Williams was given a field sobriety test when police officers arrived and was asked to voluntarily give a blood sample, which he refused. Officers noted a strong scent of alcohol on Williams' breath and his eyes appeared to be blood-shot. 

Williams told police he had only consumed part of one beer and had previously suffered from seizures, sometimes being unaware when he has one. He added that he does not see a doctor or take medication on a daily basis.

He was taken to Medical City Arlington for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash.

The warrant also noted that Williams has two prior convictions for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), in Tarrant County in 2013 and Dallas County in 2014.

The report has been updated with new information.