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Midnight crash near Kenedy claims four




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KENEDY -- Four men are dead and one seriously injured following a multi-vehicle crash May 20 near the intersection of S.H. 72 and F.M. 1145 west of here.

Cpl. Javier Reyes of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol identified the four deceased as 24-year-old Samuel Norwood Jackson of Dallas, 25-year-old Alexander Smalling of Glenwood Springs, Colo., 18-year-old Joel Rodriguez of Mission, and 24-year-old Joseph Solis of Arcadia, Fla. -- who had ties to the La Vernia area.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Jackson was driving a 2012 Honda Civic westbound on S.H. 72 at approximately 12:20 a.m. The other three men were his passengers.

Traveling ahead of the four on a motorcycle was 28-year-old Phillip Batres of Eagle Pass. Reyes said all five were returning to an oil rig after an evening at a bar in Kenedy.

Reyes said Batres reported coming upon a westbound semi truck hauling a full tanker of crude oil, which was turning left onto F.M. 1145. Batres reported that he was going to attempt to pass the tractor-trailer on its right side, but instead laid the motorcycle down and slid underneath the trailer after seeing the Honda rapidly closing in from behind. Reyes said Jackson attempted to swerve to the right to avoid the tractor-trailer, but the Honda struck the right rear of the trailer.

Batres suffered multiple injuries and was transported via ambulance to the Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital in Kenedy. A hospital spokesman said Batres was treated before being transferred in stable condition to another hospital. Further information was unavailable at press time May 20.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, identified as 44-year-old Kurt Norrell of Cuero, was not injured.

The bodies of the four deceased were transported to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office in San Antonio, where autopsies were performed.
 

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