Details begin to emerge from fatality accident

Kevin Holamon

Additional information is beginning to emerge, regarding the two-vehicle wreck which occurred Sunday on U.S. Highway 67, between Ballinger and Talpa, in Runnels County. The accident claimed the lives of Brownwood High School senior Billy Jones, 18, and 2013 Zephyr graduate Bolton Day, 19.

A third passenger of the crew cab Ford Ranger, identified as Kelly Delacruz, 16, sustained non-life threatening injuries. 

According to the Bulletin's sister publication, the Ballinger Ledger, at 6:29 a.m. Sunday, the three teenagers were eastbound on U.S. Highway 67 in the Ranger driven by Day. The truck took a wide curve on the road and ran into a westbound Ford F 250 pick up truck hauling a flatbed loaded with pipes, and hit the left corner of the trailer.

The collision damaged the left side of the Ranger tearing its the body in two, and ripping both axles from the left side of the flatbed.

Both vehicles continued on the road leaving debris for over one-quarter of a mile until they came to a stop.

Jones, who was riding in the back seat of the truck, was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Runnels County Justice of the Peace Glenda Wood. Day was transported by ambulance to Ballinger Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to Shannon Medical Center, in San Angelo. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Delacruz was riding on the front passenger seat.

Law enforcement stated alcohol was found at the scene.

According to witnesses the teenagers had been in San Angelo and met with another party in Ballinger that was leading them back to Brownwood.

The bodies of the two fatalities were sent to Lubbock County Medical Examiner, in Lubbock.

The wreck is under investigation by Trooper Nathan Armstrong, of Sweetwater and information will be released as it becomes available.