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Plano hit-and-run victim dies; suspect could face more charges

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A suspected drunken driver is expected to be charged with murder after one of the men police say he ran over in Plano has died.

The suspect, 22-year-old Kevin Newman, was charged with DWI and causing an accident with injury for allegedly hitting four people in the parking lot of  the Hangout Bar and Grill in the 3300 block of North Central Expressway.

But police say based on interviews with witnesses, this may be more than a case of recklessness by a drunk driver.

The crash happened Thursday, and 23-year-old victim Christopher Brigman died from his injuries Sunday.

“We have the concern and we have a suspicion that possibly this might have been an intentional act,” said Officer David Tilley with the Plano Police Department.

Police say Newman took off after the crash, but they later spotted his car on 75 northbound and arrested him.

“We heard something to the result of a confrontation that had taken place,” said Tilley. “I don't know if it was verbal, physical or whatever, but there was some type of an altercation that had taken place inside that place earlier that evening.”

Police say the altercation was big enough that three employees got involved and escorted one of the men out, and police say that's when Newman got into his car and came at the group at a high rate of speed.

Charges pending against Newman could vary.

“They can go anywhere from intoxication assault all the way up to homicide,” said Tilley. “It's just really going to depend on what evidence that we have that supports what actually took place that evening.”

Brigman was an organ donor, and his family is getting some consolation from the fact that in death, he's helping others.

His mom wrote on Facebook, “Please help me celebrate the gift of life my son Chris Brigman is giving. My heart aches for my loss and at the same time is at peace knowing Chris' wishes are being met.”

Right now, bond for Newman is set at $110,000. The other people injured have since been treated and released from local hospitals.

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