Patriot Guard Rider Killed in Highway 141 Collision - South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Patriot Guard Rider from Corpus Christi Killed in Highway 141 Collision

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KINGSVILLE (Kiii News) -

A stretch of Highway 141 in Kingsville was shutdown for some time Thursday morning after a head-on collision in that area took the life of one man and sent a woman and her child to the hospital.

The man who was killed in the accident, 57-year old Zack Stevens, was a Patriot Guard Rider from Corpus Christi. According to his Facebook page, he was married to Joyce O'Neal Stevens and attended Coastal Bend College.

According to Department of Public Safety troopers, it was around 9:25 a.m. when 26-year old Desiree Perez of Kingsville was traveling eastbound on Highway 141, about 10 miles west of Kingsville. She tried to pass a slower vehicle ahead of her and did not have enough clearance. She collided head on with Stevens.

Stevens was pronounced dead at the scene. HALO Flight was dispatched to transport Perez and her five-year old son to Christus Spohn Memorial and Driscoll Children's hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Troopers said Perez may be charged with unsafe passing as well as more serious charges.

Three members of the Patriot Guard Riders visited the Kiii-TV studios to talk about their friend and some of his contributions.

"Zack Stevens was one of the founding members," Patriot Guard Rider Ed Gies said. "Another by the name of Dan Cresswell and four or five other folks in 2006 sat one day and decided, well, they wanted to do something for the people that served their country. Especially those that died in the line of duty."

Geis, along with Butch "Turtle" Cone and Ron Pacha, said they wanted Stevens' wife and two children to know that they are there for the family and will help in any way they can.

The Coastal Bend chapter of the Patriot Guard Riders includes 363 members in South Texas.

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