19-Year Old Driver Killed in Accident on Highway 44

The victim in an overnight accident on Highway 44 and County Road 93, between Banquete and Agua Dulce, has been identified as 19-year old Robert West of Corpus Christi.

According to Department of Public Safety officials, it was around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when an 18-wheeler heading west on Highway 44 crashed into an overturned pickup in the road. State troopers believe West, the driver of that pickup, had lost control of his vehicle and overcorrected, flipping his truck.

West was pronounced dead at the scene. DPS officials said it is unclear whether he died from the initial rollover or from the impact of the 18-wheeler.

Neither the driver of the 18-wheeler or his wife, who was in the passenger seat, were injured. The couple was hauling headstones from Georgia to Alice.


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