SAPD investigates fatal crash on North Chadbourne Monday afternoon

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Severely damaged white Ford Escape

UPDATE #3: This is the official statement from the San Angelo Police Department:

A San Angelo man responsible for yesterday’s deadly collision in the 1900 block of North Chadbourne has been arrested.  Steven Baros, age 32 of San Angelo, has been charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Second Degree Felony Evading Arrest Detention Causing Death. 

Baros was arrested and transported to the Tom Green County Jail after his release from an area hospital where he was treated for injuries he sustained in the crash.  Baros is being held without bond. 

Shortly before the collision occurred, a San Angelo Police Officer who was traveling northbound in the 2400 block of North Chadbourne Street observed Baros’s silver Ford F250 pickup truck traveling southbound recklessly at a high rate of speed.  The officer turned around and notified dispatch that he was going to attempt to stop the truck for reckless driving.  As the officer attempted to catch up to the truck, which was several blocks away, the officer observed the truck enter the intersection of 19th and Chadbourne where Baros collided with two vehicles.  Once on scene, the officer deployed a fire extinguisher to the undercarriage of the truck and rendered first aid.  

The preliminary crash investigation revealed that Baros was traveling at excessive speeds when he attempted to pass, left of center, a black Dodge Durango that was turning east onto 19th from Chadbourne.  Baros collided with the Durango, which was sent into a spin before coming to rest in the intersection, facing west.  The Durango’s female occupants, ages 62 and 60, were transported to an area hospital with non-incapacitating injuries.  

Following the first collision, Baros continued traveling through the intersection where he collided with a white Ford Escape that was stopped in the northbound lane of N. Chadbourne at the intersection.  The force of that collision caused the Escape to travel approximately seventy-five (75) yards before coming to a rest after it struck a tree and caused Baros’s truck to flip and roll before coming to a rest just northeast of 18th Street on N. Chadbourne. 

The Escape’s driver and sole occupant, 38-year-old Kristine N. Rodriguez, was found unconscious and suffering from incapacitating injuries.  Rodriguez and Baros were both extricated from their respective vehicles by the San Angelo Fire Department and transported to an area hospital for treatment.  Rodriguez later succumbed to her injuries.  

This is an ongoing investigation and no additional information is available for release at this time. 

UPDATE #2: The San Angelo Police Department advises drivers to avoid 19th and N. Chadbourne due to an ongoing fatality traffic investigation. 

North and southbound traffic from 18th to 20th will be closed to oncoming traffic from roughly 10-11:30 a.m. 

Please take alternate routes and expect congestion throughout neighboring streets.

UPDATE #1: San Angelo Police have identified and arrested Steven Christian Baros of San Angelo in connection to the fatal crash on North Chadbourne Monday afternoon.

Photo of Steven Baros,
Courtesy: Tom Green County Jail

ORIGINAL STORY: SAN ANGELO, Texas (January 25, 2021) — The San Angelo Police Department is investigating a fatal car crash that took place during rush hour on North Chadbourne. According to the San Angelo Police Department, a man was driving a pickup truck going south on N. Chadbourne were he was speeding at an alarming rate.

The unidentified man then collided with an SUV, that had stopped to make a turn onto 19th Street. The pickup truck also collided with an third vehicle at the scene.

The unidentified woman driving the SUV died at the hospital due to the accident. SAPD also reported that the unidentified man driving the pickup truck was being treated at the hospital for incapacitating injuries. In addition, SAPD also stated that the unidentified driver of the third vehicle did not appear to suffer any serious injuries.

The San Angelo Police Department plans to continue its investigation on the fatal accident tomorrow. Spokeswoman Tracy Piatt-FOX stated that investigators plan to re-enact the incident and take measurements. She stated, “Investors are going to make a very comprehensive re-enactment.” “We already had our drone out here helping photographers with measurements. We are running into a little bit of an issue, because it’s night time. It’s dark so we will probably come back tomorrow. This typically happens with a fatal crash.”

The San Angelo Police Department stated that they will release further information on the incident once the families of the victims are notified. If anyone has any further information, they are asked to contact the San Angelo Police Department.

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