El Campo man loses control of car, hits building, dies
By BY ERIN ELIZABETH PRADIA - EPRADIA@VICAD.COM
July 22, 2011 at 2:22 a.m.
A 22-year-old auto mechanic died Thursday night after losing control of his car and striking a building in the 100 block of Mechanic Street.
Jose O'Canas Jr., of El Campo, lost control of his black Chevrolet Camaro, after leaving a business at a high rate of speed about 11:35 p.m., said El Campo Assistant Police Chief Gary Williamson.
As he left the parking lot, he crossed over railroad tracks, went over a curb, hit a concrete planter and then crashed into a building, Williamson said.
O'Canas and his passenger Kelsey Miller, 21, of El Campo, were transported to El Campo Memorial Hospital. O'Canas died at the hospital and Miller was treated for minor injuries, Williamson said.
Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Dennis Korenek, conducted an inquest and ordered an autopsy to be conducted by the Galveston County Medical Examiner's office.