DPS investigates fatal crash south of Bellville

The fatal, one-car collision occurred early Saturday morning

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In a Tuesday afternoon press release, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced the investigation of a fatal vehicle collision south of Bellville early Saturday morning.

“DPS Troopers investigated Saturday a fatal vehicle collision in Austin County that occurred south of Bellville,” the release states. “The preliminary information indicates at approximately 5:40 a.m., a southbound 1995 Mazda Miata traveling at an unsafe speed left the roadway, striking a concrete culvert. ​Ivan Corona, 24, of Bellville, was identified as the driver of the Mazda. Corona was pronounced deceased (at the scene) by Judge Richard Yancey (Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1). This crash remains under investigation.”

DPS Public Information Officer Sergeant Stephen Woodard confirmed the collision happened on 36 South, three miles south of Bellville but not quite over the line into Sealy.

“The driver was going too fast and he lost control,” Woodard said. “He tried overcorrecting his mistake and ended up flipping and landing on the side.”

He added no alcohol or drugs have shown up but the investigation remains ongoing.

Woodard warned that although there may be fewer people leaving their homes with social distancing guidelines in place, that doesn’t allow drivers that do leave to travel over the speed limits.

“Even though traffic is lighter than usual, be mindful of the speed limits,” he said. “Just because there are fewer people on the road, doesn’t mean there’s a higher speed limit.”

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