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Man dies after ejected from car crash on FM 1686 (video)

By ErinPradia
Dec. 28, 2011 at 6:28 a.m.

Family and friends of Benjamin Cone arrive at the scene of a one-car wreck Wednesday night on Farm-to-Market Road 1686.

WOOD HI - A 32-year-old Edna man was killed Wednesday night when he was ejected from a Chevrolet Malibu that rolled and landed on top of him in the 5900 block of Farm-to-Market Road 1686.

About 6:45 p.m., three Edna men were driving south on Farm-to-Market Road 1686 after visiting the Wood Hi Cemetery, when the driver saw a red truck backing out of a driveway onto the road, about a quarter of a mile from the cemetery.

The driver of the Malibu, Benjamin Cone, 32, took faulty evasive action, causing him to skid to the right shoulder. He overcorrected, causing the car to skid back across the road and roll, coming to rest upright on the east side of the road, said Department of Public Safety Trooper Thomas Arriaga.

Cone was ejected through the sunroof, Arriaga said. The car came to rest upright, landing on top of Cone, he said.

The car lost its right front tire, causing the full weight of the car to land on Cone, said Kyle Coffey, 29, the front seat passenger.

He and the other passenger, Joshua Staff, 24, flagged down passing motorist Peggy Jones, 53, of Inez, who called 911.

Larry Stary, who lives about two blocks away, heard the screaming and came out to help.

Stary used his forklift to raise the car so they could put a spare tire from Jones' truck under the car to raise it so Cone could breathe, Jones said.

The friends, who had been fishing in Lolita earlier in the day, took turns trying to resuscitate Cone, Jones said.

Cone, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at 8:01 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Annie Ramos.

The trio had been friends for more than five years, Coffey said.

They had been to the cemetery to visit Cone's mother's grave, he said.

"He always picked me up when I was down," Coffey said of his friend.

Cone, who turned 32 on Christmas Eve, is survived by his wife, Pam Cone, of Victoria, and two sons, Benjamin, 7, and Evan, 5.

The Victoria County Sheriff's Office, the Department of Public Safety and Victoria and DaCosta fire departments responded to the wreck.

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