Woman and child killed in crash Saturday morning

A woman and child were killed and four others, including another child, were hospitalized after a crash five miles north of Burnet Saturday morning involving four vehicles and 11 people. 

Robbie Barrera with the Department of Public Safety said that the crash happened at approximately 9:25 a.m. when the driver of a Lexus traveling northbound on Highway 281 veered off of the road and overcorrected, causing the Lexus to crash into a pickup truck that was towing a trailer. The truck was then pushed into oncoming traffic and hit an Expedition. After the Lexus hit the truck, it continued going forward and hit another vehicle as it was exiting a driveway. 

A woman and a child were ejected from the Expedition and both were killed. They have been identified as 26-year-old Roselee Rodriguez and six-year-old West Adair Jr. Three-year-old Isreal Rodriguez, who was traveling in the same vehicle, was transported to Dell Children's Hospital in unknown condition. Both of the children were wearing seatbelts. It is unknown if Roselee Rodriguez was wearing her seatbelt.

The driver of the Lexus, 22-year-old James Pratt, and his passenger, 26-year-old Candice Buckley, were both transported to Seton Medical Center in Round Rock in unknown condition. Pratt was not wearing a seatbelt and it is unknown if Buckley was wearing one. 

There were five people in the pickup truck. The driver, 51-year-old Lacy Pearson, was transported to Seton Highland Lakes in unknown condition. None of the other passengers were transported. All were wearing their seatbelts.

The driver of the fourth vehicle was not transported to the hospital and was wearing his seatbelt. 

The crash remains under investigation. 

(© 2016 KVUE)


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