GALVESTON — A Galveston man charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of the brother of a local priest was booked into the Galveston County Jail on Monday after being treated for minor injuries at the University of Texas Medical Branch, police said.

Authorities are awaiting the results of a toxicology test on Kevin Wade Wilson, 49, who was detained Sunday by police who said his vehicle veered off Seawall Boulevard, killing one man and hospitalizing another.

A blood sample was taken and will be analyzed to determine whether Wilson was intoxicated at the time of the fatal collision, Sgt. Joshua Schirard said.

Wilson, who has been charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault, is being held on bonds totaling $750,000.

Raphael Flajole, 62, of Lake Orion, Mich., was killed shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday when he was struck by a pickup that drove onto the sidewalk before plunging over the seawall.

Police said a red Ford Superduty pickup headed west on Seawall Boulevard swerved across all lanes of traffic and struck Flajole and Shane Sabala, 48. The truck then went over the seawall and crashed on the beach, police said.

The two men, who police said did not know each other, were standing on the sidewalk in front of Murdoch’s Bathhouse at 2201 Seawall Blvd.

Flajole was pronounced dead at the scene. Sabala was in stable condition Monday at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Schirard said.

Raphael Flajole was in town visiting his older brother, the Rev. John Paul Flajole of the Holy Family Parish of Galveston and Bolivar Peninsula.

The Rev. E.J. Stein, a pastor at the parish, said Raphael Flajole was among about 12 relatives visiting Galveston to celebrate the 50th anniversary of John Paul Flajole’s ordination.

The family had also hoped to celebrate John Paul Flajole’s 79th birthday, which was Monday, Stein said.

Family members, including Raphael Flajole’s wife, two adult daughters and two grandchildren, stayed in Galveston on Monday, Stein said.

The family on Saturday attended a ceremony honoring John Paul Flajole, who has served at the parish in Galveston for about 14 years, Stein said.

Relatives are awaiting the results of an autopsy. They intend to have Raphael Flajole buried in Michigan, where the family is from, Stein said.

There has been an outpouring of support for the Flajole family both from within and outside the parish, Stein said. A memorial service is being planned.

“Everybody’s kind of in shock,” Stein said. “Who could have seen it coming? There’s a lot of praying going on at this time.”

Contact reporter Alex Macon at 409-683-5241 or

(2) comments

J. Shaffer

Generally I'm not a gambling woman but I would bet that toxicology test comes back positive.

Terry Moore

Horrible tragedy :(

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