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Trooper investigates cause of fatal DeWitt wreck; survivors recovering

By Victoria Advocate
Jan. 13, 2013 at 9:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 13, 2013 at 7:14 p.m.


Officials continue to investigate the cause of a wreck that left one man dead and injured four others Saturday afternoon in DeWitt County.

The three-vehicle wreck was initially thought to have started because of a cement truck's blown-out tire, Department of Public Safety Trooper Craig Wycoff said Sunday.

That's when 35-year-old Albert Garza's cement truck crossed into the eastbound lanes of Farm-to-Market Road 237 near Yorktown and struck a white tractor-trailer driven by Clarence Brown, 53, of Waco, carrying passenger Gary Harriman, 48, of Riesel.

The tractor-trailer then hit a red Chevrolet Silverado carrying Pedro Gonzales, 61, and his wife, Diana Gonzales, 58, of Yorktown.

"I don't want to jump to conclusions," Wycoff said Sunday while reviewing evidence that he says may take weeks to make sense of.

Wycoff said after the cement truck's head-on collision with the tractor-trailer, it was unable to regain control.

"He lost his cement tub, went in a ditch, through a fence and came to rest upright with major damage," Wycoff said.

Pedro Gonzales was airlifted to Citizens Medical Center, where he later died.

Diana Gonzales was listed in stable condition Sunday night at Citizens Medical Center.

Garza, of Victoria, Brown and Harriman were released from DeTar Hospital Navarro.

Wycoff said no charges were pending.

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