Four people were killed just after midnight Saturday, July 16, in a two-vehicle, head-on accident on the 200 block of US 90 in Liberty, just west of the old Terrell’s auto salvage business.
According to Lt. Chip Fairchild, a spokesperson for Liberty Police Department, a male identified as Martinez Tomas Martinez, 47, was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck westbound in the eastbound lane of traffic and caused the accident that killed him, his female passenger and two other people in another vehicle.
Fairchild said witnesses in two other vehicles told police that they saw the wrong-way driver headed in their direction and took evasive action to avoid a collision; however, a Jeep Cherokee driven by Danielle Morgan, 30, of Liberty, was unable to avoid the truck and hit it head-on.
“She never saw it coming,” Fairchild said.
The young woman and her 27-year-old boyfriend, Hunter Poole, of Georgia, died at the scene, as well as Martinez. They were pronounced dead by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Larry Wilburn.
A female passenger in Martinez’s truck, a 54-year-old woman from Guatemala, was airlifted to a Houston-area trauma center where she later died.
Fairchild said authorities had difficulty identifying her.
Alcohol is believed to have been a factor, Fairchild said.