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Yoakum man remembered for his love of cars

By Bianca Montes
July 6, 2014 at 2:06 a.m.
Updated July 7, 2014 at 2:07 a.m.

Tomas Jimenez

Tomas Jimenez loved driving - he just loved the road, his longtime friend said.

"We just met in the neighborhood," Jay Martinez, 33, of Yoakum, said. "I'm a mechanic, and he has a lot of cars - we've been buddies since."

Jimenez, 44, died early Sunday morning from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle wreck on state Highway 111.

According to the crash report, Jimenez was westbound on the highway, about 4 miles east of Yoakum, when he veered into the eastbound lanes of traffic and struck a tractor-trailer. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 5:20 a.m. by Travis Hill, Lavaca County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2.

Further details about the wreck were not released Sunday by the Department of Public Safety because the wreck is under investigation, Trooper Gerald Bryant, a Department of Public Safety spokesman, said. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Robert Rochon, 53, of Edna, was not injured. Crude oil was being hauled in the tractor-trailer, Bryant said, but there was no spillage at the wreck site.

Jimenez was a truck driver, his friends said. He worked at Yoakum Packing Co.

But his truck wasn't his favorite, Martinez said. His favorites included an Impala Super Sport and his Harley-Davidson.

"He sure loved that Harley," Martinez said. "He was always in love with that one."

Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum is handling funeral arrangements.

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