FROM STAFF REPORTS
ROUND MOUNTAIN — A Marble Falls man died Nov. 24 after an 18-wheeler rear-ended his vehicle on U.S. 281 south of Texas 71 near the Burnet-Blanco county line, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The report stated the collision, involving three vehicles, happened at 7:44 a.m. about four-tenths of a mile south of the Marble Falls city limits.
Gabriel Brondo, 40, of Marble Falls, who was driving a 2001 Honda Accord, was pronounced dead at the scene by Burnet County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Guilford Jones.
A Kenworth truck hauling a gravel trailer — driven by Jaime Pedraza, 31, of Brownsville — was traveling southbound in the inside lane behind the Honda Accord, the report stated.
“The Honda Accord was slowing or stopped in an attempt to make a left-hand turn,” DPS Public Information Officer Robbie Barrera said. “The driver of the truck tractor-trailer failed to control his speed, striking the Honda upon the left-rear side.
“As it took evasive action after the initial impact, both vehicles continued southbound on 281 in a side skid in the center of the road,” she added.
The 18-wheeler then collided with a northbound 2011 Ford F-250 driven by 52-year-old Paul Cook of Blanco.
The driver of the pickup was northbound on 281 in the inside lane, observed the crash as it occurred and attempted to avoid the accident by swerving to the left, she said.
All occupants were reportedly wearing seat belts.
The report described the road conditions as wet.
The speed limit where the collision occurred is 70 mph.
Information about the conditions of the surviving drivers was unavailable.