One Dead in "Horrific" Early Morning Head-On Crash on U.S. 87

"Horrific" is how a witness at the scene of an early Saturday morning crash described the crash that claimed the life of a 21-year-old San Angelo man. Just before 2 a.m. Saturday morning, two cars collided head-on while traveling on U.S. 87 north near the Grape Creek Road intersection. According to the initial findings of the Texas DPS, a red Hyundai Elantra was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes.

Traveling southbound in a southbound lane at the same time was a gray Chevrolet Malibu. The two met in a head-on collision, with the left front (driver’s side) of each car receiving the full force of the impact.

Jams of Life was used to extract both drivers in this two-car collision on U.S. 87 north on Feb. 14, 2015. (LIVE! Photo/John Basquez)

Both drivers were trapped inside each vehicle and had to be extracted with the Jaws of Life. The driver of the Malibu was pinned against the dashboard and his feet had penetrated the floorboard and were resting on the grass below, according to unofficial reports of witnesses at the scene. Only a single passenger was able to get out of the wreckage relatively unassisted.

The San Angelo Fire Department and Grape Creek VFD extracted the victims. All of the crash victims appeared to be in serious condition. The driver of the red Elantra was airlifted to Shannon Medical Center via Airmed 1. The others, who were rescued from the vehicles first, were rushed to Shannon in ambulances.

Jams of Life was used to extract both drivers in this two-car collision on U.S. 87 north on Feb. 14, 2015. (LIVE! Photo/John Basquez)

The passenger was in the gray Malibu. There were three victims total.

DPS Trooper Matt Walz said that it’s too early in the investigation to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The driver of the red Hyundai was Jamie Celeste Sawyer, an 18-year-old female from San Angelo. She was listed as having incapacitating injuries by the DPS.

The driver of the gray Malibu was Angel Nazario Zamarripa, male, 21, of San Angelo. He was pronounced dead by  Dr. Kelly Koenig sometime after his arrival at Shannon. His passenger was Vicktoria Marie Williamson, Female, 19, of San Angelo. She was also transported from the scene with incapacitating injuries.

Below: Video of the Airmed 1 arrival.


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Jodi Olesen, Sat, 02/14/2015 - 12:32

Praying for ALL who have been, or will be affected by this extremely devastating accident.

ML S, Sun, 02/15/2015 - 13:17

L F, I too pray for the families involved. Losing a loved one in such a manner must be hell on earth. That being said, you probably shouldn't be so quick to judge the other driver. I know this young lady and her family, and I would be shocked to find out that there was a careless "choice" involved in this accident. When my husband and I first moved to San Angelo I was unfamiliar with the fact that 87's south and northbound are separate and once pulled out of a restaurant going the wrong way. It was late at night and there was no other traffic on the roads which is normally a huge indication to a vehicle entering as to the fact that they could be going the wrong direction. There were no one-way signs since I wasn't entering at an intersection. Thankfully it was only a moment before I realized, and it TERRIFIED me! Granted, I had a lot of years of driving experience behind me at that point. The fact of the matter is that we give children their driver's license's, and with very little training, at that. Tragic mistakes can easily be made, even if they are not doing anything wrong, due to the fact that they don't have much experience. This is horrible for everyone involved, but until the facts come out quick judgements should be reconsidered. Tragic mistakes can be made by even the best of us because we are all human. Those of us that have never made one should count ourselves thankful, as opposed to pointing the finger. May God provide His comfort and loving arms to all involved.

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