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16-year-old Hallettsville girl dies in pickup rollover crash

March 18, 2014 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated March 18, 2014 at 10:19 p.m.


A 16-year-old Hallettsville girl died Tuesday afternoon after she was ejected from a pickup that rolled and burst into flames on a road outside Hallettsville.

Kayleigh Foster was one of five Hallettsville youths riding in a 2008 Chevrolet pickup about 5 p.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle, said Trooper Gerald Bryant, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

The driver, Matthew Jalufka, 17, veered the eastbound vehicle several times before it rolled, landed upright and caught on fire on County Road 198 about one-tenth of a mile west of Farm-to-Market Road 957, Bryant said.

Foster, who was in the front right seat, and Jalufka were both ejected from the vehicle. Foster was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:13 p.m. by Lavaca County Justice of the Peace Mike Andes.

Jalufka was transported to a Hallettsville hospital with what was described as non-life-threatening injuries.

Two other youths in the pickup -- Cecelia Loos, 18, and Dennis Phillips, 19 -- were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A fifth youth, Gavin Ford, 16, was flown by helicopter to an Austin hospital. His condition was not available late Tuesday.

Trooper Wesley Rodriguez and Sgt. Pat Davis are investigating the crash.

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