Star Flight Called to One Car Accident
On Tuesday, August 21, at about 7:20 p.m., Trooper Robert Thorp, with DPS, was dispatched to a one-car rollover accident on FM 696 West, about one mile past the FM 696/112 “Y”.
According to the DPS report, Edwin Frank Matl, 35 from Bastrop, was driving a 1997 Dodge Neon westbound. Another westbound vehicle was in front of him, slowing down. Matl began to pass the vehicle in front of him. He activated his left turn signal and began to pass the car in front, but, as he passed, he lost control and attempted to move back into the westbound lane. He swerved to the right, then to the left and slid off the south side of the road, colliding with brush and small trees, causing the vehicle to overturn.
Officer Nurse, with the Lexington Police Department, along with Lexington EMS and the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department, were also dispatched to the scene. There were two female passengers in the vehicle, along with Matl. The front seat passenger was wearing her seatbelt, but the passenger in the backseat was not.
The Lexington Fire Department used the Jaws-Of-Life to remove the passengers from the vehicle. Both passengers were transported to Brakenridge Hospital in Austin, one by Star Flight, the other by Lexington EMS.
The driver refused any treatment at the scene. He was cited for failure to control speed, and having the wrong numbered license plate. The backseat passenger was cited for not being secured by a safety belt.