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November 25, 2008

Malakoff resident killed in wreck

A 21-year-old Malakoff man was killed in a pre-dawn wreck on State Highway 31 east of Brownsboro Saturday.

Texas Department of Public Safety reports state the victim, Joseph Andrew Perez, was ejected from the 2005 Chevrolet Colorado and died at the scene.

DPS reports state the wreck occurred at 5:01 a.m. as Perez was driving toward Brownsboro in the outside westbound lane of Hwy. 31. Perez was 1.6 miles from the city limits when his pickup veered off the pavement on the north side of the highway. Perez then overcorrected to the left and lost control of the vehicle.

The Colorado rolled over several times before coming to a stop. Perez was not wearing a seat belt, according to the DPS report. Perez was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Sue Starnes.

Several Brownsboro-Chandler area emergency personnel assisted at the wreck scene. The fatality was investigated by Trooper Brad Fulton.

The wreck adds to the unusually high total recorded in east Henderson County within the past six weeks.

Horton R. Bunch, a retired farmer, died Nov. 10 when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a 45-year-old Gun Barrel City man.

Two days earlier, Brownsboro High School student Sean Michael Sullivan was killed on County Road 3800 when his pickup hit a tree.

On October 18, two 63-year-old Palestine residents on a motorcycle ride through Henderson County were killed when their vehicle was struck by a car at the intersection of Farm-to-Market Roads 314 and 315.

On October 13, two BISD students were killed on their way to school. Sixteen-year-old junior Aaron Cummings and his 14-year-old brother, Nicholas, died in the one vehicle wreck on Farm-to-Market Road 314 inside Brownsboro city limits.

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