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Alleged ‘sleepy driver’ causes fatal wreck on Highway 72
by Matt Naber
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Oscar Hernandez's van was smashed and his passenger died when a Dodge pickup collided into them on Highway 72 on Thursday, Oct. 10.
Matt Naber photo Oscar Hernandez's van was smashed and his passenger died when a Dodge pickup collided into them on Highway 72 on Thursday, Oct. 10.
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Matthew McCall's pickup collided with an E-350 when McCall was driving in the wrong lane on Highway 72 on Thursday, Oct. 10.
Matt Naber photo Matthew McCall's pickup collided with an E-350 when McCall was driving in the wrong lane on Highway 72 on Thursday, Oct. 10.
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A man was killed and two others were hospitalized after a collision on Highway 72 about seven miles outside of Three Rivers near Ray Point on Thursday, Oct. 10, at about 6:30 a.m.

Matthew McCall, 29, of Alvarado, was driving his Dodge 4x4 pickup in the wrong lane when he collided with a Ford E-350 van driven by Oscar Hernandez, 26, of Pharr with José Rafael Tirado III, 21, of Mission in the passenger seat.

Tirado died on-scene; Hernandez and McCall were taken to South Texas Regional Hospital in Jourdanton.

DPS Sgt. Danny Keese said a 911 call was made earlier that morning about a reckless driver on the road.

DPS trooper Clarence Lewinski said they interviewed McCall after the wreck, and he said he worked until 5 p.m. the night before, was in bed by 10 p.m. and was back up again by 4 a.m. Keese said McCall had been working 12- to 15-hour days.

“We talked to him on the side of the road; he worked all night and was on his way to work and thought he could do it again,” Keese said.

McCall was heading west to Tilden while Hernandez and Tirado were heading east to Kenedy when McCall drifted into the east-bound lane.

“I believe the driver (McCall) was sleepy,” DPS trooper Marvin Baker said.

Keese said Hernandez jerked the van to the side at the last second, and the damage went down the left side of the van. The wreckage was confined to an area approximately 40 feet in diameter.

“There were no skid-marks; it happened so quick,” Keese said. “They had a second or two to react; I don’t know that (the driver of) the Dodge knew.”

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