DPS Responds to One Fatal Wreck, Urges Drivers to Be Careful

DPS responded to a fatal accident just west of Smyer early Thursday, and are urging drivers to stay off the roads.
By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- DPS responded to multiple accidents Thursday because of icy roads, including one fatal wreck just outside of Smyer.

According to DPS, the driver of one pick up lost control and crossed into traffic heading the other direction, and hit another pick up head-on. The driver of that pick up, 34 year old Franscico Alvizo of Lubbock, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The driver of the west bound vehicle lost control, went across the center median, and struck an eastbound vehicle head on," Sergeant Witt said.  DPS did say all people involved were wearing there seat belts. Two other people injured in the accident were taken to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries.

DPS said by about 3 p.m. Thursday, they responded to 7 accidents in the county. Lubbock Police said, as of 2 p.m. Thursday, they responded to 42 accident, and 12 with injuries.
   
Sergeant Bryan Witt with DPS said he sees a lot of the same things that can cause accidents in this kind of weather. "I think what it is, is people going down the highway, the road doesn't seem that slick, when you're driving and going a constant speed, it's whenever you decide to accelerate or apply your brakes, then you're realizing the road's slick, and it's too late then, you're already sliding," Sergeant Witt said.

He said if you absolutely have to go out and drive in this weather, go slow and be careful. "We kind of have the saying, 'Don't be the problem,' so when you leave the house, try not to be the problem, because we tell our troopers to take time to get to the accidents because we don't want them to become part of the problem also, so it may take them a while to respond to where you're at," Sergeant Witt said.

DPS said that if you don't have to drive, they encourage drivers to stay off the roads while we make it through this ice and snow. 

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