Four vehicles involved in deadly Kaufman County crash

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by BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on July 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 3:25 AM

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KAUFMAN COUNTY -- One person was killed and 10 others were injured Sunday evening in a serious multi-vehicle crash nine miles east of Kaufman.

Authorities Monday night continued to look for the driver of one of the four vehicles involved, who left the scene.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said they got first word of the accident at 8:19 p.m. It happened on State Highway 243, about one mile east of FM 2515.

Investigators said a Cadillac Escalade SUV was traveling east on 243 toward Canton when it attempted to pass a Chevrolet pickup truck on the two-lane highway. The Escalade hit a Ford pickup truck head-on.

When the driver of the Chevrolet pickup stopped to help, that vehicle was rear-ended by a Chevy Tahoe SUV. The impact propelled the pickup truck upside-down.

"It happened so fast, the debris was just blowing everywhere," said Jimmy Fivecoat, a passerby who stopped to help. "It was weird because I thought people got thrown out of the cars, because instantly there were people jumping out, lying on the ground everywhere."

Troopers said 18-year-old Juan Gomez, a passenger in the Tahoe, was killed. DPS said the driver of that vehicle, 26-year-old Hector Dominguez,  left the scene and will be charged with failure to stop and render aid.

DPS said while the Tahoe is registered to a family member in Fort Worth, Dominguez was driving.

Friends of Gomez in Fort Worth who went to South Hills High School with him said they couldn't believe he was gone. Rodolfo Mares knew Gomez since grade school days.

"He was there for me good and bad things," Mares said. "I have to tell him that we're going to miss [him.] He knows that I love him a lot.  He's my best friend."

Three people in the Ford truck were taken to area hospitals; two of them were airlifted by helicopter ambulance.

Two people in the Escalade were also rushed to hospitals by air.

Five people in the Chevrolet pickup were hospitalized, one of them removed by helicopter.

Three children remain hospitalized and at least six victims have been released from the hospital.

The DPS said the circumstances of the crash remain under investigation.

E-mail bwatson@wfaa.com

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