Husband, wife die after crashing into each other

VERNON, Texas - A husband and wife were killed in a head-on crash in an incident where each was the driver of one of the vehicles. 

The crash happened about 10 a.m. Central Standard Time, Wednesday on County Road 87 near the small community of Odell in northern Wilbarger County. Department of Public Safety Trooper Jymie Ha identified the dead as 31-year-old Nicolas Cruz and 26-year-old Kristina Munoz.

Cruz was the driver of a 1990 Mazda headed south on the county road and Munoz was the driver of a 1999 Saturn headed north when the two vehicles collided.

The wreck occurred near the Marhard Pullet Farm where the couple were employed. The site is about 3.5 miles west of the Odell Community and about 18 miles northwest of Vernon.

Emergency crews used special equipment to extricate the victims from the wreckage. Both Cruz and Munoz were pronounced dead at the scene by Wilbarger County Justice of the Peace Gene Morton. They were both alone in their vehicles.

Trooper Ha said he didn’t believe either was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred. He said the cause is still under investigation. He said speed may have been a factor and witnesses reported seeing no skid marks on the pavement.


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