Sabine County, Texas-

Hemphill residents woke up this morning to news of a tragic one vehicle accident that claimed the life of 34-year-old Curtis Bennett. Family, friends and loved ones gathered near the crash site this morning and prayed as they tried to grasp the grief of such a tremendous loss. Hemphill Police SGT Travis Trexler was on the scene of the accident, as he continued the investigation into the cause of the fatal crash. 

The accident occurred on Edwards Road/FM 1152, near the Mill Pond. Sabine County EMS, and Hemphill Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to assist with an accident at shortly after 2 a.m. this morning. The report indicated the driver was trapped and the jaws of life was requested. The wreck was less than a quarter mile from his home.

The vehicle appeared to have been traveling west on Edwards Road when it left the roadway for unknown reasons, just past the Dixie League fields. The vehicle hit a concrete culvert. The vehicle continued into the treeline and into a marsh. The speed limit on Edwards Road is 50 mph, and is a state maintained highway. 

East Mayfield will never be quite the same, as his presence was as big. Friends on social media refer to him as Big Curt. "His smile lit up the room." "East Mayfield has lost a Gentle Giant." "He was really a friend to all, and could make you smile on your darkest day," another friend wrote.

The official report is not yet ready for release by Hemphill Police Department.

As a resident of East Mayfield my heart is broken for his wife Kelly and their children, as well as his parents and grandparents. You are all in my thoughts and prayers today. May God give you strength. ~Pennie

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