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Reward offered after bolt flies through windshield, kills driver

A large hole and a severely damaged steering wheel are seen in this picture of a vehicle involved in a crash in La Porte, Texas on March 2, 2017.
A large hole and a severely damaged steering wheel are seen in this picture of a vehicle involved in a crash in La Porte, Texas on March 2, 2017. (Crime Stoppers)

LA PORTE, Texas – A $5,000 reward has been offered in a bizarre crash that killed a driver last week in La Porte.

The crash happened March 2 on State Highway 146 near Wharton Weems Boulevard.

Paul Huffman, 60, of Pasadena, was traveling south on the highway when a large bolt flew through his windshield and hit him in the neck, killing him, police said.

Pictures from inside Huffman’s vehicle showed a large, bolt-shaped hole in the windshield and a severely bent steering wheel.

Investigators said they believe the 10-inch-long, industrial-sized bolt is a retaining pin for containers that attack to large, flatbed trailers. They said the bolt appears to have fallen off a truck traveling north on the highway.

The driver of that truck never stopped, police said.

The reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the driver of the truck.

Anyone with information about the case should call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.


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