18-year-old killed in rollover accident on 1431 in Smithwick


SMITHWICK — An 18-year old man, who recently graduated from Harker Heights High School, died after the car in which he was traveling rolled over on RR 1431 on July 1.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Robbie Barrera, Joseph Alaniz of Killeen was the passenger of a 2007 Mazda 3 that rolled over after the driver apparently tried to avoid a deer about 3 a.m. that day. The teen, who played football for the Harker Heights Knights, was pronounced dead at the scene by Burnet County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Peggy Simon.

The driver, 18-year-old Brandon Cook of Harker Heights, tried to avoid hitting the deer, but, during the maneuver, the vehicle apparently fishtailed and rolled over. Cook was transported to Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock in stable condition with non-incapacitating injuries.

Two other male teens also were transported to the Round Rock hospital. They were Vasantha Fraser, 19, with non-incapacitating injuries, and Drequan Meyers, 19. Meyers was listed in critical condition with incapacitating injuries, Barrera said. Both men also were from Harker Heights.

Barrera said the accident remains under investigation.