Details emerge about fatal accident on Hwy 239
by Joe Baker
Dec 27, 2012 | 4751 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KENEDY – Both drivers involved in a fatal accident on State Highway 239 on Dec. 2 had been drinking on the night of the crash, a DPS accident report released last week states.

Ofelia Cortez, 68, of Kenedy, was killed and five others were seriously injured in the head-on collision that happened at 1:49 a.m. near the intersection of State Highway 239 and County Road 330, about two miles southeast of Kenedy.

Bradley Segeren, 51, of Karnes City was driving a 2012 GMC Sierra pickup westbound on State Highway 239 when it crossed into the eastbound lane and crashed into a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Irene Cortez, 33, of Kenedy which was traveling eastbound on the same highway.

Cortez attempted to avoid the collision by steering to the left but the two vehicles collided near the center stripe in the highway.

The diagram attached to the report shows that the GMC pickup crossed the center line near a point where the highway curved to the right.

Ofelia Cruz, who was a passenger in the Ford pickup was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Hilda Castro.

Cortez and three passengers in the Ford pickup, Ramiro Vega, 39, Jennifer Vega, 5, and Megan Vega, 7, were seriously injured.

Segeren was also seriously injured in the accident. Segeren and the four surviving occupants of the Ford pickup were transported by Karnes County EMS to Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital in Kenedy.

Of the six people involved in the accident, the only one wearing a seatbelt was the seven-year-old girl, Megan Vega.

The report indicates that a blood sample was taken from Segeren to determine his blood alcohol content, but the report does not indicate the results of the test. The driver of the Ford pickup, Irene Cortez, was not tested to determine her blood alcohol content, the report states.

The report states that in the opinion of the investigator, the fact that Segeren was driving on the wrong side of the highway was a contributing factor and the fact that both drivers had been drinking that night may have contributed to the accident.

The report does not indicate if either of the drivers have been cited or charged with a crime by police in connection with the accident.
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