Fatal Accident South of Devers

LIBERTY COUNTY, May 26, 2013 - At approximately 11:30pm last night, May 25th, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department responded to a one car fatal crash of a vehicle and a tree approximately one half mile inside the South Liberty county line on Hwy. 61 south of Devers.

The Sheriff’s Department on scene unit indicated that a 1999 Ford F-350 driven by Ryan Birdwell age 23 of Devers, Texas had left the roadway and struck a tree.

Along with Birdwell in the vehicle were two Juvenile males. One was reported to be 14 year old Lucas Carroll Hughes of Devers and the other was 16 year old Garrett Paul Haidusek also of Devers.

It was reported that the 14 year old male was airlifted by Life Flight to the hospital. Sixteen year old Garrett Haidusek was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Ronnie Davis.

At 1:50 AM this date, Ryan Birdwell was booked into the Liberty County jail on two charges. One being Intoxicated Assault with a motor vehicle and a second charge of Intoxicated Manslaughter.

Around 8:30 AM on Sunday morning the Judge set bond on the Intoxication Manslaughter charge at $30,000 dollars and on the charge of Intoxication Assault at $20,000 dollars.


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