The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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May 28, 2014

Frankston crash victim identified

FRANKSTON — A woman killed in a three-vehicle wreck Saturday on U.S. 175, about a mile west of the U.S. 175/Texas 155 intersection in Frankston, has been identified as Casandra Jones, 49, of Lancaster.

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 driven by Gonzales) 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 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 Jones dead at the scene.

Molina and the passenger in the Chevy Cobalt, Jimmy Lee Fails, 16, were transported to nearby hospitals by helicopters, 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.

As of Tuesday, both were home from the hospital, Sandifer told the Herald-Press, “but very sore.”

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