Central Texas man dies in ATV accident

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) A man beloved by family and friends across Central Texas has been killed in an ATV accident.

Tristan Clay Lewis. (Family photo)

Tristan Clay Lewis, 29, of Mexia, died early Friday morning, family members said.

The accident occurred in a creek bottom off LCR 400 about two miles outside of Groesbeck, according to first-responders who were dispatched to the scene just before 2:15 a.m. Friday.

They believe the ATV was out of control when it rolled into the creek bed.

Fire officials said Lewis was entrapped and entangled in the vehicle which was upside-down on top of him.

Extrication equipment had to be used to move the ATV in order to free Lewis, they said.

A justice of the peace pronounced him dead at the scene.

However, Lewis wasn't alone.

Two others who were riding with him at the time of the accident survived, fire officials said.

Paramedics treated them at the scene, fire officials said.

It’s not clear who was driving.

The Department of Public Safety is investigating.

Lewis' family is devastated by the tragedy.

Part of his obituary reads:

His life on earth was too short for all of us, but we know we will all be together again. He lived every single minute of his life and his love and strength blessed us from the day he was born. There was never a better son, brother, uncle, grandson or friend.

Clay’s mother and father are Linda and James Lewis; his sisters and brothers-in-law are Holly and Bryan Sumruld and Emily and Ben McElreath; and Emily and Ben’s baby daughter, Edyn, is his beloved little niece. Clay’s grandparents are Hugh Ann Bankhead and the late R. B. “Nubbin” Bankhead. Clay had so many friends who he treasured and who loved him.

Services to celebrate Lewis' life are being handled by Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 11-1pm at First United Methodist Church of Mexia with funeral services to follow.