DPS Releases the Names of the Victims in Saturday's Fatal Crash Near Sterling City


STERLING CITY, TX — The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed the names of the victims of the tragic crash southeast of Sterling City Saturday, April 7. According to the DPS, three persons, a husband, his wife and their 2-month-old daughter were killed.

The DPS reported that James Alan Clemens, 31, of San Angelo was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban southbound on U.S. 87 about 0.5 miles southeast of Sterling City. Riding in the Suburban with him were Karisa Brianne Clemens, 29, also of San Angelo, and the couple’s five children. DPS did not name the children, but from other sources were have identified them as Julianna, 2 months; Nicholas, 2; Wyatt, 4; Zachary, 5; and Angela, 8.

Northbound on U.S. 87 at the same time, Monique Deion Austin. 23, of Midland, was driving her red 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. The DPS reported that Austin lost control of her Tahoe and went into the oncoming southbound lanes, striking the Clemens’ Suburban. Austin had one passenger, a child identified only as a 1-year-old male.

Sterling County Justice of the Peace Stacy Dyer pronounced the Clemens parents along with their 2-month-old daughter dead.

DPS reported that the 1-year-old male traveling with Austin suffered minor injuries. Also, a 2-year-old male, Nicholas, riding with the Clemens, was not severely injured. DPS classified both as having “non-incapacitating injuries.”

The rest suffered incapacitating injuries. Austin, along with all occupants of both vehicles, were transported to Shannon Medical Center regardless of the severity of injuries.

DPS reported that all occupants were wearing seatbelts.

Eight DPS troopers out of the Big Spring and San Angelo offices investigated the crash. They were assisted by Sterling County EMS/Fire Department, the Glasscock County EMS/Fire Department, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the Sterling County Sheriff’s Office.

DPS reported that the roadway was dry and the weather clear. The crash was reported at 4:22 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018.

James Clemens' San Angelo-based company he managed is holding a benefit barbecue fundraiser April 28. For more information, contact the organizers, the employees of Liberty Tax Service, through their Facebook event page. Teresa Burrell, a law office receptionist in Salt Lake City, Utah, has organized an online fundraiser for the Clemens family on Facebook. As of 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, she has raised $73,420.

Friends of the other driver, Monique Deion Austin, have organized an online fundraiser on GoFundMe

San Angelo LIVE! has only verified the April 28 fundraiser with a face-to-face interview with the organizers.

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