ORANGE GROVE - Zachary Ryan Parker of Sandia died after being ejected from the bed of a Dodge Ram on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 3:50 a.m.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sgt. Nathan Brandley, Parker was a passenger in the bed of the pick-up when the vehicle crashed five miles east of Orange Grove in Nueces County.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2000 Dodge Ram occupied by a male driver and Parker were traveling east on Eric Lane.

The driver of the Dodge pickup truck was driving recklessly when Parker was ejected and struck the roadway.

Parker was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The male driver of the Dodge Ram admitted to have been drinking alcohol at the time of the crash, according to Brandley.

DPS Troopers are investigating the accident.