Teen passenger killed in crash on County Road 143

A Hallettsville teen passenger was killed in crash on County Road 143 on Thursday.

A 16-year-old Hallettsville passenger was killed Thursday afternoon when the pickup he was riding in crashed on County Road 143.

Brazos Kash Wood was riding in the front passenger seat of a northbound 2016 Ford F-250 when it crashed at 1:37 p.m., killing him, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety news release issued Friday.

The county road is in Lavaca County less than 10 miles northeast of Hallettsville.

Wood was pronounced dead at the Lavaca Medical Center at 3:54 p.m.

The crash occurred when Hallettsville driver Michael David Ploch, 16, navigated a turn at an unsafe speed about seven-tenths of a mile north of County Road 142 and encountered standing high water on the roadway, according to the news release.

According to the National Weather Service, rain was falling near Hallettsville about the time of the crash.

After losing control, Ploch’s pickup crashed into a tree on the right side of the roadway and sustained significant damage.

Ploch suffered minor injuries and was released at the scene of the crash.

Both Wood and Ploch were wearing seat belts.

The crash remains under investigation, and no tickets or charges have been issued, said Sgt. Ruben San Miguel, department spokesman.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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