Four Killed In Separate Early-Morning Highway Accidents

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

CENTRAL TEXAS (March 7, 2014) Four people were killed in three separate early Friday morning traffic accidents in different parts of Central Texas.

A husband and wife died just after midnight Friday morning outside of Teague when the car they were riding in struck the back of an 18-wheeler and careened off the road.

Department of Public Safety troopers who investigated the accident reported in happened just minutes after midnight at the 28 mile post on Interstate 45.

A vehicle driven by Lee Ervin Clerk, Jr., 45, of DeSoto, attempted an unsafe lane change while northbound on the Interstate and struck the rear of a northbound 18-wheeler.

The force of the crash resulted in Clerk’s vehicle crashing into the roadside ditch.

Clerk’s wife, LaVette D. Clerk, 43, also died in the crash.

A justice of the peace pronounced both victims dead at the scene and released their bodies to Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, in Teague, where arrangements were pending.

A little more than an hour later a Bellmead man died when he lost control of his vehicle along U.S. Highway 84 just west of Prairie Hill, in Limestone County.

Favian Araujo, 28, died just after 1:45 a.m. when he lost control of his eastbound vehicle that then left the roadway, crashed into guardrails on both sides of the highway, overturned and ended up on its top alongside the road.

A DPS trooper who investigated the crash said Araujo was ejected from the vehicle while it was airborne.

His body was taken to Waco Mortuary where arrangements were pending Friday morning.

A third crash in Ellis County, east of Waxahachie, was still under investigation at 5:30 a.m.

Details had not been released, although it was confirmed to be a one-vehicle fatality on Farm to Market 66 near Cummings Valley.


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