CHEROKEE COUNTY – A Nacogdoches woman has died following injuries sustained during a single-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning near Alto.

According to DPS Sgt. Jean Dark, Tyler region public information officer, Esperanza Chavez Veliz, 59, had been transported to UT Health – Tyler, where she was later pronounced dead.

Troopers responded to a report of a crash on FM 241, 4.7 miles northeast of Alto, about 7:50 a.m. Tuesday and discovered a wrecked 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 that had traveled off the roadway and struck a tree, according to a preliminary report.

Oscar Alejandro Ibarra, 18 of Nacogdoches, was driving the vehicle northwest along FM 241, approaching a curve in the roadway to the left. 

“The vehicle was traveling at an unsafe speed for the wet road conditions; the driver failed to negotiate the curve and traveled off the roadway, where it struck tree,” the report stated.

Neither Ibarra nor his front seat passenger, Brittany Lynnell Tucker, 31, of Salado, were not injured. However, two passengers in the backseat – Veliz and Maria Linda Lira, 66, of Nacogdoches – were unrestrained and were injured in the crash, according to the report.

Both women were taken to the Tyler hospital, where Lira is listed in stable but serious condition. 

Dark said the crash remains under investigation.

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