PECOS COUNTY, TX (07/18/2016) — Teresa Cardwell and Myrtle Norman died Monday morning after another driver ran a stop sign and collided with their vehicle.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), 57-year-old Teresa Cardwell and 89-year-old Myrtle Norman (both of Alpine, Texas) died following a two-vehicle accident that happened at the intersection of FM 1450 and Highway 18 in Pecos County, Texas (about 7 miles south of Grandfalls).
The DPS reported that shortly before 9:30 a.m., 45-year-old Michael Bandy was traveling westbound on FM 1450 in a 2015 Ford F-350 pickup truck when he disregarded a stop sign at SH-18 and crashed into a Chevrolet 1500, driven by 62-year-old Jeffrey Cardwell. The posted speed limit on that stretch of FM 1450 is 70 mph, and the posted speed limit on State Highway 18 is 75 mph.
Cardwell’s two passengers, Teresa Cardwell and Myrtle Norman, were killed in the collision.
Jeffery Cardwell, Michael Bandy, and Bandy’s passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Officials have not yet completed their investigation, however, the at-fault driver could be facing serious criminal charges (in addition to any civil lawsuits filed by the victims’ families). Images from Google StreetView (taken in 2013) indicate that the stop sign was clearly marked, and road conditions were reportedly clear at the time of the crash.
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