Victoria woman, 32, dies in crash on FM 236

By Jennifer Lee Preyss , Brian Cuaron

By Jennifer Lee Preyss , Brian Cuaron
May 22, 2011 at 12:22 a.m.
Updated May 23, 2011 at 12:23 a.m.

A Victoria woman died after her 2006 Chevrolet Impala struck a fence Sunday.

Alicia Ann Franklin-Lott, 32, wasn't wearing her seatbelt when traveling west on Farm-to-Market Road 236, Rhonda Ehlinger, DPS police communications operator said.

Franklin-Lott apparently lost control when she crossed the roadway and crashed at 9:35 a.m., Ehlinger said. Franklin-Lott died at the scene and was pronounced dead at 10:28 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Stuart Posey.

The crash occurred about a mile north of Loop 463. The investigating officer was Trooper Joseph Schuler.

Victoria resident Caroline Benitez, who was friends with the deceased, said Franklin-Lott was a "loving, caring and kind" woman.

"She touched a lot of hearts through the years. Alicia was the kind of friend you kept for a lifetime," Benitez, 30, said.

Benitez first befriended Franklin-Lott in the Victoria High School band more than a decade ago.

"I was in color guard and she played clarinet," Benitez recalled. The pair remained friends post graduation, speaking frequently about life and Franklin-Lott's recent graduation from Texas Vocational School.

"She just graduated, so I'm not sure if she was able to find a job," Benitez said.

Upon hearing the news of Franklin-Lott's death, friend Ben Alvarado, of Houston, said via an email interview, "She was my best friend in high school. She was a real person. She was always a friend regardless of time and cities. She will always be in our hearts."

Benitez said she was unaware of funeral arrangements as of 10:30 p.m. Sunday.



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