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North Milam crash brings county second traffic death

Both fatalities recorded on FM 485 northeast of Cameron

A 40-year-old Cameron man died early Saturday in a two-vehicle collision northeast of Cameron, becoming Milam County’s second traffic fatality of 2013.

Efrain Carmona was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Andy Isaacs following the 6:15 a.m. collision of two pickups on FM 485.

Both fatal crashes in Milam County this year have been on FM 485.

State Trooper Erik Gaston said Carmona was ejected from his Ford F-350 pickup when it was in collision with a Ford F-360 driven by 37-year-old Eliceo Leyva of Galveston.

According to the DPS, Leyva refused treatment at the scene while his passenger, Panfilo Maldinado, 36, was taken to Central Texas Hospital in Cameron by AMR ambulance.

Gaston said Carmona was not wearing a seat belt while both occupants of the Leyva vehicle were wearing their seat belts.

Damages to both vehicles were termed extensive.

On Feb. 7, a 28-year-old College Station resident was killed when her car was involved in a two-car collision, also on FM 485.

There has been one fatal crash in the Rockdale area this year. A 55-year-old Tanglewood woman died near her home Feb. 12 when she was struck by an 18-wheeler while trying to assist a motorist on US 77.

Tanglewood is in Lee County.

TREATED—Injuries were repor ted in two other Rockdale area accidents during the past week.

Gaston said a one-vehicle crash was reported at 4:25 a.m. Thursday on County Road 421 near San Gabriel.

Driver was listed as Joseph Woods, 20, of Lakeland, Florida.

Gaston said the driver and a passenger, 47-year- old Joe Woods, were taken to Seaton Williamson Medical Center in Round Rock.

Damages were termed extensive.

Trooper Broderick Sims investigated a two-vehicle crash at 5:14 a.m. in Texas 36 south of Milano.

Sims said one driver, 22-yearold Cameron Davis of Killeen, was taken to Scott & White Hospital, Temple, by an AMR ambulance crew.

No information about the other vehicle was available from the DPS. Damages were termed moderate.

CRASH—Gaston also investigated a one-vehicle crash at 6:14 a.m. Sunday on US 79 east of Rockdale.

He said the driver, Cara Goetz, 19, of Thorndale, refused treatment at the scene.

Vehicle damages were listed as “moderate.”


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