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Somerville crash leaves 4 people dead, 1 in critical condition

Posted at 11:13 AM, May 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-10 12:19:45-04

WASHINGTON COUNTY, TX — A wreck near Lake Somerville last night left four people dead, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

DPS officials said four people died, including a 6-year-old, after two vehicles crashed Saturday night two miles south of Somerville.

37-year-old Ignacio Aviles, from Brenham was traveling south on LBJ Drive when he struck a guardrail and hit another vehicle driving north around 11 p.m., according to DPS.

Aviles was transported to CHI St. Joseph Health in Bryan and is in critical condition.

All four people in the other vehicle died.

The victims were identified as Chase Sowders, 18, from San Antonio; Jasmine Maxwell, 18, from Somerville; Payton Francis, 6, from Somerville; and Justin Richard, 37, from Houston.

The investigation for why the crash occurred is still ongoing, according to DPS Sgt. Jimmy Morgan.