DPS releases official report on fatal accident

Kevin Holamon kevin.holamon@brownwoodbulletin.com
DPS Troopers investigate the scene of the double fatality accident near Ballinger, prior to the vehicles being removed from the roadway.

The Texas Department of Public Safety on Monday afternoon released details of the Sunday morning motor vehicle accident that claimed the lives of Brown County teens Bolton Day and Billy Jones. 

According to the report, the accident occurred at 6:29 a.m., 9.7 miles northeast of Ballinger on U.S. Highway 67. 

Day, 19, of Brownwood, was identified as the driver of a 2002 Ford Ranger that was traveling northeast on U.S. Highway 67. The second vehicle, a 2009 Ford F-250 towing a flatbed trailer, was driven by Jessie Roland Robles, 49, of Joshua and was traveling southwest.

The initial investigation concluded Day's vehicle crossed the center stripe and entered the southwest bound lane, in the path of Robles' vehicle. Robles steered right in an attempt to avoid the collision. The two vehicles "side-swiped" along the left side and Day's vehicle struck the front left corner of the trailer. 

Previous reports indicated and photographs confirmed, both axles of the trailer were dislodged from their left mounts. Information provided earlier by the Bulletin's sister publication, the Ballinger Ledger, also indicated alcohol was found at the scene.

The report states Day's vehicle rolled over on its left side and came to rest, in an upright position, in the middle of the highway. Robles' vehicle came to a stop on the north shoulder.

Day, a 2013 graduate of Zephyr High School, was transported first to Ballinger Memorial Hospital by ambulance and later airlifted to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, where he was pronounced dead at 3:38 p.m.

Jones, 18, a senior at Brownwood High School, had been a passenger in the rear seat of Day's vehicle and, according to previous reports, was ejected. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:55 a.m. by Runnels County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Glenda Wood.

A third passenger in Day's vehicle was identified as Kelly Blake Delacruz, 16, of Brownwood. He was transported to Ballinger Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.

The report states none of the three occupants of Day's vehicle were restrained by seatbelts.

Robles had worn his seatbelt and was not injured.

Trooper Nathan Armstrong, of Sweetwater, is conducting the investigation.

Funeral arrangements for Bolton Day are under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home and Cremations, with services scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, at Abundant Life Church.

Funeral arrangements for Billy Jones are pending with Blaylock Funeral Home.