Milano man dies in Monday wreck
A 33-year-old Milano man became Milam County’s second traffic fatality in less than a week Monday night when his pickup was in collision with an 18-wheeler on Texas 36 just inside the Milam- Burleson County line.
Adam Apollo Alderman was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Andy Isaacs.
His passenger, Alderman’s five-year-old daughter Abigail, was flown to McLane Children’s Hospital (Scott & White) in Temple where she is expected to recover.
DPS Sgt. David Yarbrough said Alderman’s 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup was in collision with 2001 Freightliner operated by Lazarro Guzman Duran, 42, of Houston about 9:28 p.m.
Yarbrough said neither Alderman nor the child were wearing seat belts.
“The little girl was in the back seat,” Yarbrough said.
He said Tuesday afternoon the child’s mother is en route from Florida to pick up her daughter.
RECKLESS—Yarbrough said the pickup was northbound when it crossed the highway’s center stripe into the path of the southbound 18-wheeler.
“The trucker tried to avoid the collision and the pickup was struck mostly on the driver’s side,” he said.
Yarbrough said the pickup had been reported for reckless driving and had been sought by Burleson County authorities minutes before the crash.
Milano volunteer firefighters and the Milam County Sheriff’s Department responded to the crash.
Texas 36 was closed for about four hours.
Trooper Josh Cashion was investigating officer, assisted by Yarbrough, Burleson County Trooper
John Michael Anderson, Temple-based Trooper Scott Nix, the Milam County Sheriff’s Department, the Milano Volunteer Fire Department and the Milano Police Department.
FATALITIES—Six days previously, 44-year-old Michael Craig of Killeen died in a one-vehicle crash on FM 485 in North Milam County.
There have now been four fatalities on Milam roads in the past six weeks.
On March 29, Rockdale residents Wayne and Margie Brinkley died in a two-vehicle crash on US 79 just east of Rockdale.