A 21-year-old Chester man died in a fiery crash off Hwy. 287 shortly before 11:30 p.m. Saturday night.
The deceased, Alexander Neal Johnson, was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro eastbound on a stretch of the road that had a slight grade and was being resurfaced, according to Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Allen Stanton, who said the area was marked as a construction zone and there were temporary lane markers on the highway.
The car was traveling too fast for the road conditions, he said, and it is believed the vehicle may have struck some loose gravel, causing the driver to lose control of the car.
The vehicle skidded across the westbound lanes, then back across the eastbound lanes before going into a ditch and striking a tree. The rear and driver's side of the car struck a rock bluff and the vehicle slid into a creek bed. The car caught fire and burned completely.
Alexander Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:45 a.m. Sunday by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace David Johnson. His body was taken to Riley Funeral Home in Woodville.