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2 dead in DeWitt County crash

By Jessica Priest
April 28, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated April 27, 2014 at 11:28 p.m.


A Victoria couple was killed Monday after a blowout on U.S. Highway 183 just south of state Highway 111.

Frank Hendrix, 69, and his wife, Margaret, 66, were pronounced dead at the scene by DeWitt County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Peggy Mayer.

Frank Hendrix was traveling south on U.S. Highway 183 toward Cuero in a Toyota Sienna minivan.

Chris Ideus, 24, of Gonzales, was traveling north on U.S. Highway 183 toward Gonzales in a 2005 Ford F-250 pulling a camper.

The Ford's tire blew out near the community of Hochheim, and the vehicle drifted across the center stripe into the southbound lane, said Department of Public Safety Trooper Gerald Bryant.

"The front left of the truck struck the front left quarter of the minivan, so it hit right in front of the driver's door," Bryant said.

The Ford also had a big metal bumper guard.

Emergency personnel responded at 4:23 p.m.

The Ford had one passenger in the front, who was taken by helicopter to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin.

Her injuries ended up being minor, so she was treated and released.

Her name was not available Monday night.

Ideus and three children, who were in the back seats of the Ford, were taken to DeTar Hospital. They were treated and released, too, Bryant said.

The crash is being investigated by Trooper Luke Garza out of the Yoakum office.

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