Victims Of Fatal Three-Vehicle Crash Identified

By: Josh Wucher Email
By: Josh Wucher Email
The Department of Public Safety has released the names of the victims of a fatal three-vehicle crash on State Highway 36 in Bell County.

(Photo by Josh Wucher)

BELL COUNTY (March 1, 2012)—Authorities Thursday released the identities of one man who was killed Wednesday afternoon and three other people who were injured in a highway crash in Bell County.

The Department of Public Safety says Willie Marquis Lavan, 20, of Temple, died in the crash.

Derrick Wayne Gamble, 20, of Temple, who was the driver of a 1995 Ford Crown Victoria, was listed Thursday in critical condition at Scott and White Hospital in Temple.

Fredranisha Fleming, 20, also of Temple, was treated for her injuries at Scott and White and later released.

The driver of a Ford F-150 pick up truck, Rodger Hart, 66, of Snyder, also was treated at Scott and White and released.

The driver of a Chevrolet Suburban that also was involved in the wreck, was treated at the scene and did not require hospitalization.

The accident happened at around 5 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Highway 36 and McGregor Park Road north of Morgan's Point Resort.

A DPS spokesman said the driver of the car pulled from a business onto Highway 36 and into the path of an oncoming truck.

The truck struck the car, which rolled and hit the Suburban, the DPS said.

The DPS said Lavan was a backseat passenger in the Crown Victoria, wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car after the crash.

Gamble was flown to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

Fleming, who is pregnant, and Hart were taken to Scott & White by ambulance.

Dakoda Dillon witnessed the accident in front of his home, and said he tried to help.

"I ran over, and there was blood everywhere," said Dillon.

He and other witnesses attempted to save the passenger who was ejected, but that man died on the scene.

"I was the one that had to tell his mother that he passed away, and that was one of the hardest thing I've had to do in my life," said Dillon.


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