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I'm sure y'all've already heard.. This is one of the nicest and coolest guys I've ever known. This is sickening. I've know Tom for quite awhile.. his sister is a friend of mine.. married to the sound guy and a vocalist at Radio Music Theatre where I work weekends. He's been around the art car scene longer than I have.


<H1 class=Headline>Driver Charged In Art Car Museum Curator's Death</H1>

HOUSTON -- A driver has been charged in the death of the curator of Houston's Art Car Museum, who was killed hours after the 21st-annual Art Car Parade, KPRC Local 2 reported.

<LI>Slideshow: Remembering Art Car Museum Curator Tom Jones

video.gifArt Car Parade Rolls Through Houston:

Rachel McNeill Reports

Houston police said Tom Jones was pinned under a car as he sat on a curb on Heights Boulevard near Center Street at about 2:20 a.m. Sunday.

Investigators said Dustin Allen Poe, 23, drove his Pontiac GT over nearby railroad tracks and hit a car parked next to where Jones and an artist were sitting.

"We had to lift the vehicle up off of him in order to get him out from underneath it," said District Chief Tom Wheeler of the Houston Fire Department.

Jones, 51, was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he died. The artist who was sitting next to him was not seriously injured.

Poe was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.

"He was flying down the road like everybody else was," sculptor W.T. Burge said. "It's a shame that he was drunk when he was driving. He shouldn't have been."

Jones was at the museum helping wrap up a second, less publicized parade through the Heights that was held after the main parade near downtown Houston on Saturday.

The director of the Art Car Museum said Jones' work and passion are visible throughout the museum.

"He basically hung the show, painted the walls, greeted everyone who came through the front door with a smile and good humor and made everyone feel at home," Noah Edmunson said. "I don't know how we're going to replace him."

Museum staff said Jones was a fixture in the art car community for 25 years.

"Tom was the heart of the Art Car Museum," said Nicole Strine of the Houston Art Car Klub. "Tom made everyone feel special."

Friends set up a makeshift memorial in the spot where Jones was run over.

Funeral arrangements have not been finalized, but will likely include a procession of art cars.

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