Weather a factor in single vehicle accident that kills two men

Melissa Cantu Trevino
Alice Echo News Journal

BENAVIDES - Two men were killed during a single vehicle accident on Wednesday when the vehicle they were in hydroplaned, according to Sgt. Nathan Brandley with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Two men die after single vehicle accident near Benavides.

DPS is investigating the double fatality crash that occurred at approximately 8 p.m., on State Highway 359, approximately eight miles south of Benavides in Duval County. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Nissan Armada (driver and six passengers) was traveling north on SH-359.  The roadway was wet from a small rain shower.  The Armada hydroplaned, lost control, and veered off the right side of the roadway and overturned multiple times, Sgt. Brandley said.

William Isau Reyes Flores, 23, of Honduras, and Romulo Mejia Morales, 43, of Santiago Matatlan, OAX, MX, passengers were ejected from the vehicle and trapped underneath the vehicle, Sgt. Brandley said.

Both men were pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. 

Two other male passengers were transported to Spohn Alice Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and one other male passenger was flown by Halo-flight to Spohn Shoreline with non-life threatening injuries.

Two male individuals, one of whom is believed to be the driver, fled from the crash scene and ran into the brush. Troopers are further investigating. 

All four tires on the Nissan Armada were bald with no tread.