San Angelo Woman Arrested After Wrong-Way Crash Kills Two Teen Girls

ANTON, TX – A San Angelo Woman was arrested Sunday after she was indicted for a crash that killed two teens in a rural West Texas county. 

According to the indictment, on August 7, 2019, the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a crash on Highway 84 between FM 597 at Anton city limits and FM 168 east of Anton.

When they arrived, they discovered 2011 GMC SUV, a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta, and a 1999 Ponitac Grand Am pulling a utility trailer that crashed in the middle of the road. 

The driver of the Grand Am, 18-year-old Wendy Ella Payne, was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger in the Grand Am, Payne's Sister Aranza Payne, 16, along with two other passenger were taken to UMC. Aranza Payne later died in the hospital. 

The driver of the SUV was 28-year-old Jasmine Nicole Burman of San Angelo. In the vehicle were four minors who were injured in the crash. 

The Jetta was driven by 72-year-old John Howard Aasen who was treated on scene for his non-life threatening injuries. 

After further investigation troopers determined that the the SUV was driving eastbound in the westbound which caused the initial crash. After the initial crash, the Jetta came from behind and struck the Grand Am. 

Burman was indicted and arrested in San Angelo on July 12 for two counts of criminally negligent homicide. She was released after posting a $5,000 surety bond. 


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