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Monday, August 23, 2004

Two killed, three hurt in I-10 accident

Two persons were killed and two others remained in critical condition in a Lubbock hospital following a one-vehicle rollover early Friday morning west of Balmorhea.

According to the report filed by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the five persons involved in the accident included one adult, two teens and two pre-teens, and none were wearing seat belts when the accident occurred at 2:06 a.m. on Friday.

DPS trooper Arnulfo Rivas said the five were in a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer traveling westbound on I-10, 12.2 miles west of Balmorhea when the accident occurred. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Michael Garcia, 18, of Tucson, Ariz., apparently allowed the vehicle to drift off of the right side of the highway and overcorrected, sending the Blazer skidding across the westbound lanes and into the center median. The vehicle then overturned 2 1/2 times before coming to rest, with four of the five passengers being ejected from the vehicle.

Emergency medical crews from both Pecos and Balmorhea were called to the scene, along with Justice of the Peace Rosendo Carrasco, who pronounced Sandra Tormas, 36, dead at the scene at 3:20 a.m. The other fatality was 12-year-old Emerald Tormas, who was pronounced dead by Carrasco at 3:30 a.m. Both bodies were taken to Peaceful Gardens Funeral Home.

Two others were flown by air ambulance to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock where they remained in critical condition over the weekend. They were Garcia, who Rivas said suffered a pelvic hip fracture, and Vanessa Tormas, 11, who suffered internal injuries in the accident. The fifth passenger, Jessie Murllo, was taken to Reeves County Hospital for treatment of shoulder and leg injuries.

Friday’s accident occurred just over a month and just over two miles west of where four persons were killed in July in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 10. The dead in that accident included one adult and three children, including a 4-month-old baby.

Lujan celebrates first birthday

Amaya Lujan celebrated her first birthday on Aug. 15 with a party held in her honor.

Theme for the special event was “Elmo” and she received many gifts, her favorite being a cheerleading Elmo given to her by her parents and grandparents.

She is the daughter of Gracie Garcia and Lionel Lujan.

Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Garcia.

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