DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(071422)-NTSB Preliminary Report: DNA Tests Show 13-Year-Old Not Driver in Texas Crash

WASHINGTON (July 14, 2022) — National Transportation Safety Board investigators have reviewed DNA testing results provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety and found that the driver of the pickup truck involved in the fatal March 15, 2022, head-on collision between the pickup truck and a transit van carrying student athletes near Andrews, Texas, was not the 13-year-old male in the truck but his 38-year-old father, according to the preliminary report issued today.
During an on-scene media briefing on March 17, the NTSB stated that the driver of the pickup truck that crashed into the transit van was the 13-year-old male, based on information available at the time. In addition to the DNA test results identifying the father as the pickup truck driver, NTSB postcrash toxicological testing revealed the presence of methamphetamine in the pickup truck driver’s blood.
The fatal collision happened when a 2007 Dodge pickup truck, occupied by a driver and one passenger, crossed the centerline on Farm-to-Market Road 1788 and crashed head-on into a 2017 Ford transit van occupied by a driver and eight passengers. The van carried golf team members from the University of the Southwest, located in Hobbs, New Mexico. The van driver was their coach. As a result of the crash, both pickup truck occupants died. The driver and six student passengers in the transit van were also fatally injured, and two student passengers were seriously injured.
The information in the report is preliminary and subject to change as the NTSB’s investigation progresses. To date, the investigation has not found evidence of a sudden or rapid loss of tire air pressure or any other indicators of catastrophic failure of the pickup truck’s front left tire. The crash remains under investigation, and analysis of the crash facts, along with conclusions and a determination of probable cause, will come at a later date, when the final report on the investigation is completed.

DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(032222)-OPD INVESTIGATING FATAL CRASH AT 42ND AND GRANDVIEW

Odessa, Texas/March 22, 2022-On Tuesday, March 22nd at approximately 7:07am, Odessa Police was dispatched to the intersection of E. 42nd and N. Grandview in reference to a hit and run in which a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. Medical personnel arrived on scene and advised that the pedestrian, a 28-year-old male, was deceased.

Witnesses say the victim was standing in the left turn lane on the 1900 block of E. 42nd St. when a red vehicle was traveling eastbound and struck the victim in the left turn lane and then fled the scene, turning northbound on N. Grandview.
 
The investigation revealed that the vehicle was a Toyota Corolla and the driver was identified as 25-year-old Christy Contreras. An arrest warrant was obtained and she was arrested without incident, and was transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. Contreras is being charged with accident involving death, 2nd degree felony.
 
The victim is not being identified pending notification of next of kin. The investigation continues. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(011022)-TXDPS INVESTATING FATAL CRASH 5 MILES EAST OF MIDLAND

Midland, Texas/January 10, 2022-On Saturday, January 8th, 2022 at approximately 5:01p.m. a fatal crash occurred at South County Road 1140, 5 miles east of Midland involving a 2017 Toyota Corolla. 

The TxDPS Highway Patrol Preliminary information revealed that the Toyota Corolla was traveling southbound on CR 1140.  The driver identified as Louise Renee Pyle a 54 years-of-age female of Midland failed to stop at a stop sign, and the vehicle crossed over CR 120 and then struck a fence. 

Pyle was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice Court Investigator Carlos Castanos 

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