Department of Public Safety is investigating two separate fatalities that occurred near Navasota on Sunday.
Investigators suspect a third vehicle may have been involved in a fatality accident that occurred at approximately 1:22 p.m., just two miles west of Navasota, off State Highway 105.
Anna Penz of Austin, 26, was killed in the accident.
Public Information Officer Jimmy Morgan said a witness claimed that another vehicle, which was on the shoulder and did not make contact with the other two vehicles involved in the fatality, may have contributed to the accident.
“If there was another vehicle that moved into the path of the vehicle (that allegedly attempted to miss it and collided with another vehicle), we could file felony
charges for failure to stop and render aid,” Morgan said.
According to a report by Anderson trooper Jessie Jordan, the accident occurred as a 2002 Ford Explorer, driven by Marcelino Moreno-Rosendo of Chappell Hill, 46, was traveling eastbound off State Highway 105, near County Road 423. Moreno-Rosendo reportedly took evasive action to avoid striking a vehicle that had pulled out in front of him from the shoulder. The Explorer instead collided with an oncoming, westbound 2012 Nissan Frontier pickup, driven by Penz’s 28-year-old husband, Matthew.
Anna was pronounced dead at the scene. Matthew was flown to St. Joseph Health Center in Bryan, as Moreno-Rosendo was transported by ambulance to the same hospital.
All three were wearing a seatbelt, according to Morgan.
The posted speed limit is 65 mph and road conditions were dry.
The accident remains under investigation.
“They’re trying to figure out where that (possible third) vehicle was, and if that other vehicle had to take evasive action,” Morgan said.
Morgan said alcohol may have played a role in a separate fatality accident that occurred Sunday night, just one mile south of Navasota on State Highway 6.
Marcus Johnson of Houston, 20, was killed on impact after his 2003 GMC Yukon struck the rear end of a 2006 Peterbilt that was pulling a Great Dane semi-trailer.
A report by Trooper Kenneth Balzekas states that the 18-wheeler, driven by 53-year-old Adolfo Beattie of Eagle Pass, exited the Trinity Heads Inc. parking lot, and was attempting to cross over State Highway 6 when the incident occurred. After the truck-trailer crossed the northbound lane of traffic at the crossover, the back end was blocking a portion of the inside lane of traffic. As Beattie waited for the southbound lane to clear, Johnson struck the 18-wheeler’s back end at a high rate of speed, Morgan said.
The posted speed limit is 75 mph and road conditions were dry.
“He was traveling at an excess of 90 mph, based on the report,” Morgan said. “And they have reason to believe alcohol may have been involved, so they are checking to what degree.”
Blood alcohol levels are being tested on Johnson, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Beattie was treated by EMS and released at the scene.
Troopers are also investigating whether or not it is illegal to leave part of a vehicle parked in a lane of traffic at a crossover, as Beattie reportedly did.