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GALVESTON, Texas  — An island man died after crashing a car into at least nine parked automobiles and a wooden utility pole, authorities said Tuesday.

Willie D. Burrell Jr., 34, of Galveston, was pronounced dead of multiple, blunt-force trauma after the 11:23 p.m. Sunday wreck in the 2700 block of Avenue L, Galveston police and a spokesman for the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

The wrecks began when Burrell drove an island woman’s white, four-door Ford Taurus east in the 3000 block of Avenue L at a “high rate of speed,” according to a Galveston police report.

Burrell failed to stay in his lane and damaged seven legally parked, unoccupied cars that all faced west on Avenue L, the report states.

Burrell continued east and veered into the south shoulder of the 2800 block of Avenue L, striking two more legally parked and unoccupied cars, one of which was knocked onto the curb, the report states.

The Taurus, heavily damaged from the previous wrecks, veered south again in the 2700 block of Avenue L, then left the road and struck a wooden utility pole, the report states.

At 11:46 p.m., an ambulance took Burrell to John Sealy Hospital at the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he died.

Police listed failure to control speed as a contributing factor in the wrecks.

“We don’t know if it was a medical condition, intoxication or what,” Galveston police Sgt. Mark Pilsner said.

It is unknown whether Burrell, who was the Taurus’ sole occupant, wore a seat belt, the report states.

The medical examiner’s office doesn’t plan to order a toxicology test, a spokesman said.

This story was brought to you thanks to’s partnership with The Galveston County Daily News.

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