A Batson man passing through southeast Texas had his life cut short as he was hit head-on by an intoxicated driver who was going the wrong way in the southbound lanes of Eastex Freeway Saturday morning.

A Beaumont Police Department spokesperson said the collision happened around 5:30 a.m.

Police determined that Kevin Cooper, 38, of Beaumont, was driving under the influence of an unknown substance when his 2004 Chevy Impala struck Lesly Milstead’s Chevy Cruz.

Milstead was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cooper was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

Officers on the scene determined that Cooper was a felon in possession of a firearm and had an amount of MDMA.