BALLINGER– Two people were killed Friday night, July 11, 2014 in a one-vehicle rollover occurring on U.S. Highway 83, .9 miles south of Ballinger. The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the fatalities as Lidia Morales-Medrano, 42, and 13-year-old Fredy Urgell, both of Emporia, Kansas.
According to information released by DPS six people were traveling northbound in a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe on Hwy 83, at 10:16 p.m.
The driver, Carlos Armando Ventura, 46, of Garden City, Kansas, saw a deer running onto the roadway. The vehicle swerved right and off of the road to the east side to avoid hitting the deer. The driver lost control and rolled the vehicle.
Lidia Morales-Medrano and Fredy Urgell were pronounced dead at scene by Judge Glenda Wood. The bodies were taken to Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. According to DPS they were not wearing a seat belt.
Two of the passengers were taken to Shannon Medical Center, in San Angelo, Texas. Heidi Peneda, 20, of Emporia, Kansas, is in serious condition, while Maria Morales-Medrano, 41, of Garden City, Kansas was listed in stable condition. Neither one of them was wearing a seat belt.
The driver and a passenger, Brandon Alexander Ventura, 11, of Garden City, Kansas, were transported to Ballinger Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released. They both were wearing a seat belt.
The speed limit in that stretch of the road is 75. The weather was clear/cloudy and the road was dry. Trooper Kyle Grimsley, of Sweetwater is the investigating officer.