Editor’s note: The Texas Department of Public Safety initially had Hildebrand’s gender incorrectly. After DPS sent an update, this article was edited to reflect the change.

GAINES COUNTY, Texas– Two Seminole women lost their lives following a crash near Denver City on Monday evening, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

According to DPS, Luis Carlos Ruiz, 40, of Carlos, New Mexico, was traveling northbound on SH 214 with a trailer when he attempted to turn left on FM 2056. Then, he struck 55-year-old Elisabeth Hildebrand of Seminole, who was traveling south.


DPS said Ruiz did not yield the right-of-way to Hildebrand prior to the crash. Hildebrand was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hours later, DPS reported Katharina Forese, 60, of Seminole, was taken to Yoakum County Medical Center, where she died. Froese was a passenger in Hildebrand’s vehicle, according to DPS.

DPS said all individuals were wearing seatbelts, and conditions were described as clear and dry.