Woodsboro man issued ticket as result of fatal wreck on U.S. Highway 77

Sept. 5, 2012 at 4:05 a.m.

The Texas Department of Public Safety found the driver of a maroon Ford F-150 who is believed to have fled from the scene of a fatal wreck two miles north of Refugio on Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers found Donald Terrell Starr at his home in Woodsboro that evening. He was issued a ticket charging him with failure to stop and render aid, a third degree felony, after he pulled up in front of two vehicles going north on U.S. Highway 77 and hit the brakes, Senior Cpl. Charlie Ramirez said.

The driver of a semi-trailer behind Starr was able to stop, but Leon Dale Buff, 51, of Corpus Christi, who was driving a Dodge 2500 pickup, wasn't able to stop.

Ramirez said Buff hit the semi-trailer's right rear and landed in the ditch near a telephone pole.

He died on impact, the trooper said.

Troopers put out a call to find the driver of the truck, who they described at the time as a large man with tattoos on his arms. He was seen heading south on U.S. Highway 77 after the accident.



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