County Judge Remembers Friend, Car Crash Victim

Garza County judge Lee Norman remembers his friend George Wilke, a well known farmer from Post. George died, and his brother Robert was critically injured after a three vehicle accident on Highway 207 Tuesday evening.
by Victoria Price

POST, TX – The Texas Department of Public Safety late Wednesday morning released names and other details concerning a deadly crash Tuesday night in Floyd County.  DPS said two pickup trucks and a jeep crashed nine miles south of Floydada on State Highway 207.  The crash involved a pair of brothers, both farmers from Post.

According to DPS, Hunter Schwertner, 19, of Floydada and George Wilke, 60, died in the crash and Robert Wilke, 48, suffered critical injuries.  DPS also said Nancy Cooper, 49, of Matador suffered serious injuries. 

Investigators say Schwertner was a driving a pickup behind Cooper’s pickup, northbound. Their report reads that Schwertner’s pickup was going faster and it “struck the back of” Cooper’s truck.  Cooper’s truck then crashed in a field, and Schwertner’s pickup crossed over into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into George Wilke’s Jeep. Both Schwertner, and George Wilke -- known to friends as "GB" -- were pronounced dead at the scene.

Garza County Judge Lee Norman is a close friend of both Wilke brothers. He says Robert, or "Robbie," who is currently at University Medical Center in Lubbock, is on the mend, expected to make a full recovery. But he also says George's death is a terrible loss to their community.

"He was always available to help someone. And that was probably one of his greatest attributes, to be a good neighbor, a good friend, and to help others," Norman says. "When you lose someone that close, but also with those qualities, the neighbors and community and county enjoys, living by them working with them...that will be sorely missed."

An official statement from DPS did not say if the drivers and passengers were wearing seat belts.  That same statement did not say if alcohol or speeding might have been factors. DPS is still investigating into the matter.
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