Robert Rooke killed in crash

Robert Rooke

WOODSBORO – Refugio County pioneer and longtime entrepreneur Robert Rooke Jr.  died in a two-vehicle crash Saturday.

Rooke, 91, was traveling north from Woodsboro when he attempted to cross over the median to his LaRosa Ranch at 6:14 p.m. about two miles north of Woodsboro on U.S. Highway 77.

A tractor-trailer rig traveling south on U.S. Highway 77 T-boned Rooke’s 2002 Lincoln passenger car, “causing the car to overturn multiple times in the median, and the truck tractor overturned on the southbound shoulder,” said Sgt. Nathan Brandley, Department of Public Safety public information officer.

Brandley said Rooke failed to yield the right of way. The speed limit at the scene was 75 mph.

Rooke was wearing his seat belt, according to the report.

The driver of the 2005 Peterbilt tractor pulling the trailer had non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Refugio County Memorial Hospital.

The Refugio County Sheriff’s Office deputies were at the scene, as well as emergency techs.

Brandley said Rooke was pronounced dead at the scene, and his body was taken to Moore Funeral Home in Refugio.