According to reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety, first responders were called to a two-car accident on US Highway 377 north of Stephenville just after noon on Saturday, February 1. The accident occurred near Timber Creek Road in Erath County.
A 2007 Chrysler 300 driven by 26-year-old Kenneth Pierson, III of Dublin, was heading eastbound on US Highway 377 when he crossed over the middle line and hit a 2016 Dodge Journey head-on.
The Dodge Journey was being driven by Rafaela Rodriguez, a 55-year-old woman from Arlington. She had one passenger in the Journey with her, Rosa Portillo, a 50-year-old Odessa woman.
When the officers arrived on the scene, Pierson’s car was in flames. The Dodge Journey had flipped over and had come to a rest on its top.
Pierson was pronounced dead on the scene because of injuries sustained in the accident. Rodriguez was transported by air to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Her passenger, Portillo, was taken by ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Stephenville. The injuries of the women are currently unknown at this time.
People who are injured in head-on collisions can be severely injured. Common injuries sustained as a result are traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, limb amputation, disfigurement, and up to death.
Accidents that result in a vehicle rolling over can cause injuries to five major areas of the body, the head and neck, the abdomen, the thorax, the upper limbs and the lower limbs. Trucks are most generally the vehicles seen in roll-over accidents. Vans and SUVs also have a higher center of gravity making them just as susceptible.
In most accidents resulting in a roll-over, speed generally plays a role. The accident involving Pierson, Rodriguez, and Portillo is currently still under investigation. No cause for Pierson’s car crossing the center line has been found at this time.