4 Dead, 1 Jailed After Fatal Canton Crash

CANTON (AP) – A Houston man has been jailed on four counts of criminally negligent homicide after his car swerved into oncoming traffic, killing four people on motorcycles.

Thirty-one-year-old Jose Luis Pena of Rosharon is being held on $2 million bail in the Van Zandt County jail. A jail spokeswoman told The Associated Press that records do not indicate whether he has an attorney.

The collision occurred near Canton, about 60 miles east of Dallas, on Sunday afternoon.

KRLD’s L.P. Phillips Spoke with the Bricker’s family

The dead were identified as 51-year-old Bruce Melvin Bricker and his wife, 40-year-old Shannon Rhenee Bricker, 40, both of Highland Village, who were riding one motorcycle. Fifty-three-year-old Steve Austin Claterbaugh of Rowlett and his 52-year-old girlfriend Kathleen Dolores Smith of Wylie, who were on another motorcycle, also died.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


One Comment

  1. Jandy says:

    Just call us Tejas, the Texas we knew is dead with full approval of the “Administration”.l

  2. 2sister says:

    First, there is nothing wrong with being Hispanic.

    Second, I don’t agree with illegal immigration, but we don’t know that this man was here illegally. If he was he shouldn’t have been.

    Third, people from all races cause accidents by doing something dangerous. We had a doctor where I live that caused an accident. He was racing his sports car against the driver of another sports car. Both he and the other driver crashed. They also caused an innocent bystander to crash. Thankfully, nobody was seriously hurt in that accident.

  3. LOLA DEREON says:


  4. branwren says:

    I’m a motorcycle rider. Good thing I live in another state and can’t be on the jury for this trial. I would say, “Hang ’em high”.

  5. keith says:

    4 good people dead because of one person. Bruce was a great man and good friend. R.I.P. Bruce

  6. mike l. says:

    it doesnt matter what nationality you are. the sob should not of been driving. RIP All 4 that lost it all

  7. zach says:

    I know Jose he deserves the same as those 4 souls cant even began its societies for leting criminals out of prisons and let these repeat offenders drive or even be among us.

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