KIMBLE COUNTY, Texas – According to the Department of Public Safety, an 18-year-old has died after a crash in Kimble County on I-10 eight miles west of Junction.
DPS stated that the single-vehicle crash happened on July 21, 2021 at 10:35 a.m.
The deceased, who was not wearing a seatbelt, has been identified as Tiyerra Monique Vigil from Phoenix, Arizona.
Passengers included Taniya Johnson, 19, from Mesa, Arizona. Johnson, who was also not wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Kimble County Hospital for non-incapacitating injuries.
Other passengers included three children, a two-year-old and a three-month-old infant, both from Mesa, Arizona, and a three-week-old infant from Phoenix, Arizona. None of the children were properly secured in their safety seats according to DPS. All of the children were taken to Kimble County Hospital for non-incapacitating injuries.
DPS issued this statement about the cause of the crash:
Preliminary investigation shows Vehicle #1 was traveling eastbound on IH-10 near Mile Marker 448 in the outer lane. While traveling eastbound, the driver for an unknown reason suddenly swerved to the right. Vehicle #1 went into a left side skid toward the right improved shoulder of the roadway. Vehicle #1 left the roadway and rolled several times coming to rest upright facing northwest. During the crash, both the driver and passenger were not secured by safety belts. As well, the toddler and both infants were improperly secured in child passenger safety seats.DPS