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May 24, 2014

Woman killed in 3-vehicle crash in Frankston

FRANKSTON — A Lancaster woman was killed and two others injured in a three-vehicle wreck Saturday on U.S. 175, about a mile west of the U.S. 175/Texas 155 intersection in Frankston.


An orange Chevy Cobalt driven by Aldo Raudel Molina, 16, of LaPoynor, driving westbound on U.S. 175 attempted to make a left-hand turn into a private residence driveway when the car was rear-ended by a Chevy Silverado pickup truck, driven by Roy Lewis Gonzales, 40, of LaPoynor, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Leonard Sandifer.


“The pickup failed to control speed and struck the orange car and then (the truck) collided head-on into the eastbound lane into the path of a Ford Focus,” Sandifer said at the scene. “The man driving the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed.


“We know the driver of the Ford Focus tried to slow down because there were skid marks, but she was hit by the pickup head on. There was no way she could have avoided it.”


During impact, the orange Chevy Cobalt and tan-colored Ford Focus ended up rolling down a steep hill in front of a residence off U.S. 175, just a few yards from Goodman & Son Wrecker Service on the outskirts of Frankston.


DPS was dispatched to the wreck around 1 p.m. Saturday. Justice of Peace Pct. 3 Carl Davis pronounced the driver of the Ford Focus, an African-American female in her late 40s, dead at the scene. Her name has not been released in order for her next of kin to be notified.


Molina and the passenger in the orange Chevy Cobalt, Jimmy Lee Fails, 16, were transported to nearby hospitals by helicopter, one from East Texas Medical Center and the other from Trinity Mother Frances Flight for Life.


“The two boys went to the hospital with non-incapacitating injuries,” Sandifer said.

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