|Birth: ||Jul. 29, 1974|
|Death: ||Nov. 29, 2001|
Corsicana Daily Sun
Aug 23, 2007
Delores Jessica Barajas
11/30 Icy road conditions lead to death of local woman.
By JUSTIN LEWIS/Daily Sun Staff
Icy road conditions claimed the life of a Corsicana woman early Thursday morning and left another man seriously injured. Six other fatality wrecks have been attributed to winter weather that hit Texas this week.
Delores J. Barajas, 31, of Corsicana was killed one mile west of Powell on State Highway 31 after she stopped to help a motorist who had previously slid into the center median.
According to a report filed by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Corporal Ben Allison, a gray 1997 Hyundai driven by 27-year-old Mario Belmontes of Corsicana was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 31 at an unsafe speed given the road conditions. He lost control of the vehicle and spun out into the center median. He exited his vehicle and sought the assistance of a passing motorist.
Barajas stopped and exited her vehicle to help Belmontes.
As Barajas and Belmontes were standing by the road talking, Welton Betts of Kerens pulled up in his 1994 Dodge truck to assist the stranded motorist.
Betts exited his vehicle to attempt to tow Belmontes' vehicle from the ditch.
As the three were attempting to get the vehicle out of the ditch, the third vehicle involved in the deadly accident, a 1996 gold Toyota Corolla driven by 35-year-old Collie Bluitt of Kerens, was traveling westbound on Hwy. 31. Bluitt's vehicle was also traveling too fast for the existing weather conditions and as he came upon the stopped vehicles, he attempted to stop and started sliding.
Bluitt struck Betts' vehicle, pushing it across the right lane of the highway. It then bounced off and struck Barajas and Belmontes. Barajas died at the scene. Belmontes was taken to Navarro Regional Hospital and was then transferred to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler in serious condition.
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2, Bob McQuary held an inquest at the scene at 7:30 a.m.
Bluitt was also transported to Navarro Regional Hospital with minor injuries.
The artic blast that has pelted Texas with a hard freeze and up to a foot of snow has now left at least nine motorists dead, including a woman who was 8 1/2 months pregnant, in wrecks blamed on icy bridges and slick roads.
Police said James Waller, 45, died after losing control of the vehicle. His wife, Doris Waller, 41, died from injuries after being taken to Parkland Hospital. Her fetus also could not be saved.
Three of the fatalities were in the Abilene area. A Nevada man was killed about 4 p.m. Tuesday when he lost control on Interstate 20 and struck another motorist, said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger.
Ninety minutes later and six miles south of Abilene, Derwood Thomas, 88, of Abilene died when his vehicle rolled over on an icy stretch of U.S. 83. Mark Allen Garcia of Winters was killed about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday after a collision on Texas 36 in Callahan County.
Patsy Davis, 49, of Silverton died after 5 p.m. Tuesday when her vehicle lost control and veered into oncoming traffic on snowpacked Texas 207 in Briscoe County in the Panhandle. Two others were seriously injured.
In West Texas, Jean English McDaniel, 61, of Muleshoe died Tuesday after being thrown from her truck when it went out of control and overturned on U.S. 84 about 10 miles west of Littlefield in Lamb County.
Law officers in Roanoke closed both eastbound lanes of Texas 114 for more than an hour after a four-vehicle collision killed 21-year-old Juan Gandara of Irving
Corsicana Daily Sun - 12/2 Obituaries
Deloris Jessica Barajas
July 29, 1974 - Nov 29, 2001
Deloris Jessica Barajas, 27, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001 in Corsicana.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Woodland Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Bailey officiating.
She was born July 29, 1974 in Dallas.
She is survived by sons, Cameron Lee Wiggins and Nicholas Marquis Wiggins and a daughter, Desiree Danielle Wiggins, all of Corsicana.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Woodland Memorial Park
Created by: Judy Richards
Record added: Feb 13, 2013
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