Alcohol, speed cited as factors in Palmer crash

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AMARILLO, Texas - Investigators say alcohol and speed were factors in a traffic accident in the Texas Panhandle that killed the 71-year-old father of PGA Tour player Ryan Palmer.

Charles Franklin ''Butch'' Palmer of Amarillo died the night of Aug. 18 in the rollover of his sport utility vehicle on Loop 335 on the northeastern fringe of Amarillo. The Texas Department of Public Safety crash report obtained by the Amarillo Globe-News didn't specify the amount of alcohol in Palmer's blood.

Palmer, who wasn't wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from his SUV and killed when it flipped several times after skidding across the highway and into a ditch.