Driver arrested in connection with deadly car crash


About 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Denison police officers arrested Richard Allen Taylor Jr., 57, of Denison on a charge of murder. Taylor was arrested in connection with a car crash that occurred Jan. 24, killing Jennifer Comstock, 28, of Denison.

That evening, a vehicle, allegedly driven by Taylor, crashed into a duplex on the corner of Morton and Armstrong that was occupied by several people. Ms. Comstock, who was one of the occupants, died at the scene. Another woman at the residence was injured and, at last report, a DPD statement says, remains hospitalized as a result of the vehicle coming into the residence.

DPD detectives secured the arrest warrant from the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office Thursday morning. Taylor was taken into custody without incident at his residence in Denison.

Witnesses told police the vehicle that crashed into the duplex, a reddish Cadillac, had allegedly hit, locked bumpers with or closely followed another vehicle for several blocks while going northbound on Armstrong before the Cadillac allegedly was driven into the duplex. Detectives have interviewed the driver of the second vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe.

Denison police detectives have been working the case since the accident occurred and have gathered statements from several witnesses who saw the suspect vehicle either before or at the time the vehicle struck the duplex, the police statement says. Statements were gathered from the remainder of the witnesses late Wednesday. However, the incident remains under investigation and other charges may be pending, says the statement.

As of Thursday afternoon Taylor was being held in the Denison City Jail under a $500,000 bond, but was expected to be transported to the Grayson County Jail late Thursday.

Police are asking that anyone who has not been contacted by the police and witnessed the actual crash into the duplex or the vehicle movements several blocks prior to the crash, contact Detective Stuart Prigge at the Denison Police Department at 903-465-2422.