Man killed in one-vehicle crash in Shepherd

A man was ejected from his vehicle and died at the scene of a one-vehicle accident on US 59 at FM 1127 around 10:56 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8.

According to Sgt. Gary Wright, the supervisor for the San Jacinto County office of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the crash victim is identified as Carbajal Valparaiso, who is believed to be from the Houston area.

“The driver was a mile north of Shepherd, just south of where the explosion had taken place earlier in the day. He was northbound on US 59 and failed to drive in a single lane. He went into the east ditch, overcorrected and rolled his vehicle multiple times. He was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene,” Wright said.

As he is currently at the border, Wright had no information on the type of vehicle Valparaiso was driving nor his age.

“I didn’t have a unit available that night, so troopers from Polk County were covering for us,” Wright explained.

Wright said that Valparaiso’s next of kin have been notified.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. […] A man from the Houston area, identified as Carbajal Valparaiso, was killed in a one-vehicle accident on US 59 at FM 1127. Valparaiso was driving northbound on US 59 when he failed to stay in his lane, ultimately rolling his vehicle multiple times and being ejected from it. The accident occurred near the site of an earlier explosion. Valparaiso’s next of kin have been notified. The type of vehicle and Valparaiso’s age are currently unknown. Bluebonnet News reported […]

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