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Was Monster Truck Involved in Deadly Strip Club Accident Street-Legal?

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Both car and truck drivers alike are debating whether a customized monster-style truck involved in a deadly accident should have on the road in the first place.

Eric Crutchfield was behind the wheel early Thursday morning when the silver F-250 struck and killed 23-year-old Kasey McKenzie in the parking lot of a strip club.

Witnesses say McKenzie was crossing the lot on foot and had just stepped in front of Crutchfield's parking space when he put the truck in gear. Although the two right tires rolled over the woman's body, 27-year-old Crutchfield told police he never saw -- or felt -- a thing.

The unusual accident has sparked arguments over whether heavily customized "lifted" trucks belong on the road.

Debate raged in internet chat rooms about drivers' visibility and handling issues.

In Texas, there are few rules restricting customized vehicles. According to the Department of Public Safety, the maximum height of any vehicle and its load may be no more than 14 feet.

However, laws about headlamps, tail lamps, and rear reflectors are specific:

"Every head lamp upon every motor vehicle shall be located at a height of not more than 54 inches nor less than 24 inches to be measured from the center of such lamp to the level ground upon which the vehicle stands when such vehicle is without a load," according to the DPS Vehicle Inspection FAQ section.

On Crutchfield's Ford, the factory headlights were higher than a 6-foot (70-inch) man.

There were after-market headlights also on the truck, about 25 inches lower. A source close to the investigation told FOX 4's James Rose that the truck was not street-legal in Texas.

The truck had a license plate from Oklahoma, where the laws regarding vehicle height and headlight placement are the same as Texas.

On Friday, Crutchfield remained in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond on a charge of intoxication manslaughter.

 

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