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Winter ice causes fatality

At approximately 12:45 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a single vehicle car crash on FM 1725, near Gale Haven Road, in San Jacinto County.

Preliminary reports indicate that a 2000 Ford pickup truck was traveling southbound on FM 1725. The vehicle was traveling around a curve when the driver hit a patch of ice and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle continued off the roadway and struck a tree, according to Sergeant Stephanie Davis, DPS spokeswoman.

The driver of the Ford, a 57-year-old female from Hawley was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Randy Ellisor at the scene. The deceased driver was the only occupant in the vehicle.

The driver’s name will not be released until the next of kin has been notified, Davis said.

All information is preliminary and there are no further details to be released at this time.