Ricardo Rodriguez, 19, of Gary, was pronounced dead after a two vehicle collision on U.S. 59, approximately 2.2. miles south of Carthage yesterday afternoon.
Troopers responded to the crash Wednesday at 2:23 p.m, Texas Department of Public Safety Spokeswoman Sgt. Jean Dark said. Investigators’ preliminary report indicates that Rodriguez was traveling east on FM 2517 approaching the intersection of U.S. 59, and he failed to stop at the intersection, continuing onto U.S. 58 into the path of a vehicle driven by Maria Gamez, 21, of Center, Dark said. Her car struck his on its left side, causing major damage to both vehicles, Dark said.
Dark said Rodriquez was pronounced at the scene by Judge Mary Sue Kiper and was taken to Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home in Carthage while Gamez was transported to UT Health in Carthage in stable condition.