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Edna woman killed, teen injured in 2 vehicle wreck near Inez

By ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT
Oct. 8, 2010 at 5:08 a.m.

An Edna woman was killed and an Inez teen was injured in a two-vehicle wreck a mile north of U.S. 59 on Farm-to-Market Road 444 on Friday afternoon.

INEZ - An Edna woman was killed and a teenage girl was injured in a two-vehicle wreck a mile north of U.S. 59 on Farm-to-Market Road 444 on Friday.

San Juanita Rodriguez Garza, 60, of Edna, was heading south on the farm road a short time before 2 p.m. when her 2002 gray Toyota four-door collided with a 2004 red Ford Escape that was heading north. The Escape was driven by McKenzie Turk, 16, of Inez, said Department of Public Safety Trooper Gerald Bryant.

Garza was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Robert Whitaker.

McKenzie, who is the 2010 Jackson County Youth Fair Queen, was transported by ambulance to Citizens Medical Center where she was treated and later released, a hospital spokesperson said.

Garza's vehicle went into a ditch and McKenzie's vehicle rolled over and remained in the northbound lane, Bryant said.

The drivers were the only people in the cars.

The cars were struck on the driver's side and had significant damage, Bryant said.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

DPS is still investigating the cause of the collision, Bryant said.

"We're looking at a couple of possibilities," he said.

The preliminary investigation shows the collision appears to have been in the south lane.

Neither Garza's nor Turk's families could be reached Friday.

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