Brownwood Man Not Wearing a Seatbelt Ejected & Killed in Early Morning Crash


BROWNWOOD – One person is dead and one is critically injured following a crash on County Road 257 outside Early on Wednesday morning.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, on Sep. 21 at 12:02 a.m., troopers were dispatched to County Road 257, 7.7 miles NW of Early, for the report of a major crash.

When the troopers arrived, they discovered a 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe that had crashed into two trees just off the road.

An emergency medical helicopter was called to the scene and the single passenger of the Tahoe, Rachel Lynn Miers, 37, of Stephenville, was flown to Harris Methodist Hospital in Ft. Worth with incapacitating injuries. Miers was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Tahoe, Michael Ray Reeves, 33, of Brownwood, was pronounced dead at the scene after he was ejected from the vehicle. Reeves was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The investigation revealed that the Tahoe was traveling south on County Road (CR) 257.  The Tahoe traveled into a right-hand lane in a curve in the roadway and lost control leaving the east side of the road into a ditch striking the two trees.

At the location of the crash the speed limit is posted as 60 mph. At the time of the crash the weather conditions were clear and the road was dry.

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