Madison Thibodeau Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on Cardinal Dr in Beaumont, TX
Beaumont, TX — August 7, 2022, 23-year-old Madison Thibodeau died in a single-vehicle accident on Cardinal Drive in Beaumont.
According to reports the incident happened around 11:55 p.m. on southbound Cardinal Drive at Texas 347. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Thibodeau was a passenger in a two-door Jeep traveling in that area when the driver may have lost control. The Jeep ran off the road and crashed, then caught fire.
The vehicle's driver escaped and was nearby when police arrived; they were taken to a local hospital. Thibodeau was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.
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