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Two Life-Flighted After Being Injured in Rollover Accident

A Lexington woman and a Bastrop man were seriously injured in a one- car rollover accident that occurred last Thursday morning, shortly after midnight. DPS was dispatched to the scene, located at the intersection of CR 309 and CR 331, at 12:40 a.m., Thursday, January 13. Upon arrival, they found Terence Brian Hill, 35, and Heide Dianne Lopez, 36, with incapacitating injuries, prompting the officials to notify StarFlight in Austin.

The Trooper’s report indicated that Hill had been driving a 1996 GMC Yukon northbound on CR 309 when he swerved hard to the left and off the side of the roadway at the intersection of CR 331 near Fedor. The vehicle struck a corner post, the fence line on the property of Herbert Dube, and a stop sign before rolling over. The vehicle crossed over to the north side of CR 331 and stopped, upside down, in the ditch.

Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy Carey Ray advised that the passenger, Lopez, was lying in the ditch behind the vehicle and the driver was in the back seat when he arrived. Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy Jack Allen advised that Hill had told him he had been driving. It was unclear as to whether or not Hill had been wearing a seatbelt, but the investigation indicated that Lopez had been thrown from the vehicle and was not wearing a seatbelt. Traveling at an unsafe speed may have been a contributing factor in the accident.

Trooper Robert Thorp was the main investigator and was assisted by rescue workers from the Fedor Volunteer Fire Department, Lexington VFD, Lexington EMS, B & M Ambulance Service from Giddings and several members of the Lee County Sheriff ’s Department.

Star Flight took both of the injured parties to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin. Hill was released later that day and Lopez had been released last Saturday. There is no word as to the types of injuries the parties suffered.

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