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Old man follows teens in driving over the seawall: Plunge into water lands him in critical condition

Old man follows teens in driving over the seawall: Plunge into water lands him in critical condition

The historic Galveston Seawall claimed its second vehicle of the week on Tuesday, when a 73-year-old man plunged into the Gulf after crashing into an unoccupied parked car on the 9500 block of Seawall Boulevard.

Just after 8 p.m., William Kelley drove his truck off a portion of the wall on a relatively quiet stretch of the Island coast. After landing in the water, the driver suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Officers with the Galveston police stayed with Kelley until fire and EMS crews arrived.

“The truck went airborne and landed upright in the water,” Galveston police lieutenant Michael Gray said.

Using a ladder truck, firefighters lifted the injured man from the rocky shore and onto the seawall. He was taken by ambulance to University of Texas Medical Branch's John Sealy Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Area police lieutenant Michael Gray told the Galveston Daily News that a witness observed the vehicle driving at high speeds when it struck the parked car. “The truck went airborne and landed upright in the water,” he added.

Seawall Boulevard has been the site of multiple fatal accidents in 2012.

In addition to a tragic Sunday crash that claimed the life of a Texas City teenager, two pedestrians were killed by a driver during an April incident. In July, a drunken driver traveling 100-miles an hour collided with a horse-drawn carriage, killing one of its passengers and seriously injuring three others.

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