Family, friends remember Ganado man after wreck

Oct. 26, 2012 at 5:26 a.m.

A Ganado man killed in a wreck Wednesday near El Campo will be remembered as a family man.

Arturo Barajas, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene and three others were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston after a two-vehicle crash at 9:25 a.m. Wednesday.

"He was always smiling, always laughing, always positive," said Irene Gutierrez, a family friend. "He was always willing to lend a hand out to his family and friends in the community."

Barajas was pronounced dead by Wharton County Justice of the Peace Timmy Drapela at 10:59 a.m, according to a Department of Public Safety report.

Ricardo Barron, of El Campo, Benito Camarillo and Felipe Duran, of Ganado, were all transported with head and internal injuries.

Barron was treated and released; Camarillo was in good condition and Duran was in critical condition in the intensive care unit at 9 p.m. Thursday, according to a Memorial Hermann Hospital spokeswoman.

Barajas was driving a 2009 GMC flatbed truck and towing a utility trailer south on Farm-to-Market Road 102 in Wharton County when a 2006 Kenworth truck tractor traveling behind him attempted to pass Barajas on the left, two miles north of Farm-to-Market Road 1161.

Barajas then attempted to turn left, according to the report, and was struck by the truck tractor.

Barajas had four sons and a daughter, ages 13 to 27.

He and his wife, Rosalia Barajas, just had their 30th anniversary, Gutierrez said.

"His wife said that not too long ago they had gone to Mexico to La Basilica, and she was remembering going together and praising God for everything they had been through so far," Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez said Christian, 14, said his father was the best man he had ever known.

Barajas had lived in Ganado for 34 years and had worked at Janssen Lease Service for more than 30 years.



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