According to Sergeant Oscar Villarreal, a spokesperson with the Texas Department of Public Safety, this week, alone, there have been 4 fatal crashes in the Permian Basin Area.
DPS troopers responded on Sunday at 2:30 AM to US 385, just 1 mile north of Odessa to a single-vehicle accident. The driver, Nicholas E. Coble, 38 of Welsh, LA, was traveling north on U.S. 385, struck a curve, drove through a fence, and into a mobile home. He did not have a seatbelt on at the time of the crash, and was pronounced dead on scene.
On Monday, 8/19/19, at approximately 6:41 AM, a 2-vehicle crash was reported in Midland County. Troopers responded to FM 1379 and State Highway 158, 12 miles east of Midland.
A 15-year-old female driver, accompanied by 44-year-old Julietta Bird of Midland and an additional 12-year-old female passenger, were stopped at a stop sign on FM 1379 at the intersection of State Highway 158 facing north. The driver left the intersection and attempted to turn left onto SH 158, but failed to yield to the right of way entering the intersection and collided with another passenger vehicle.
The 15-year-old driver was pronounced dead on scene. Bird and the 12-year-old female passenger were transported to Midland Memorial Hospital for non-incapacitating injuries. The driver of the second vehicle, sustained no injuries. All involved in the accident were reported to have been wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Later at 7:11 am in Andrews County, also on 08/19/19, Troopers responded to a 1-vehicle crash at FM 181, 22 miles northwest of Andrews.
Jesus F. Luna, 32 of Hobbs, NM, was traveling north on FM 181 when the vehicle, 1999 Chevrolet pick-up, lost control in a curve, and rolled. He was pronounced dead on scene. He was reported to not have had his seatbelt on at the time of the crash.
On Wednesday, 08/21/19, at approximately 12:54 PM, DPS troopers responded a 2-vehicle crash 2 miles south of Midland. According to the preliminary investigation, Billy Avance, 88 of Midland, attempted to exit the parking lot of a business on State Highway 349 when he failed to yield the right of way to the 2nd vehicle that was traveling north on SH 349. Avance collided with the 2nd vehicle and was later pronounced dead at Midland Memorial Hospital.
The driver and passenger in the 2nd vehicle sustained non-incapacitating injuries and were transported to Midland Memorial Hospital. According to the accident report, all involved in the accident were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.