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1 killed in early morning accident

July 13, 2012

A Big Spring man was killed and two others injured in an early morning one-vehicle traffic accident on U.S. Highway 87 just a few hundred feet south of the city limits, according to officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

William Jessie Berry, 23, of Big Spring was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Howard County Justice of the Peace Kathryn Wiseman at approximately 2 a.m., according to communication officials with the Regional DPS Office in Midland, Texas.

DPS officials verified next of kin had been notified at the time of this report.

Also injured in the crash was Rodney Joseph Keleman, 27, of Big Spring who was listed in critical condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock and Carlee Ryan Barraza, 23, also of Big Spring, who was transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center with non-incapacitating injuries.

According to unconfirmed reports at press time, Barraza has been released by SMMC.

The accident was reported at approximately 12:45 a.m., 200 feet south of the Big Spring city limits on U.S. Highway 87, according to communications officials with the regional DPS office.

The vehicle — a 1997 Honda — left the roadway and struck a rock embankment for unknown reasons. All three occupants were wearing their seat belt at the time of the crash and the conditions were listed as dry and clear.

The crash is being investigated by Trooper Jimmy Mathis of the Big Spring DPS office, according to the accident report.

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