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On Saturday, Oct. 1, at 6:50 p.m., three people were killed and one was injured in a two vehicle head on crash in Coleman County. Mario Gonzales Rios was driving a 2008 Hyundai four door East bound on U.S. HWY 67 near the community of Talpa in Coleman County. Lucio Mendoza was driving a 2004 GMC pickup West bound on the same highway. The East bound Hyundai, driven by Rios, crossed over into the West bound lane striking the GMC pickup head on.
Mario Gonzales Rios, 31, Santiago Samaniego, 37 and Marcus Fermin Corondao, 33 were all killed. Rios and Samaniego were wearing a seat belt. Coronado was not. All of the deceased were in the 2008 Hyundai four door and were from San Angelo, Texas. Judge Nance Campbell pronounced the deaths at 7:40 p.m. The bodies were taking to Walker Funeral Home in Coleman, Texas.
Lucio Mendoza, 59, was wearing a seat belt. Mendoza is in serious condition at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas with a broken leg and internal injuries. He is from San Angelo, Texas. The weather was clear and the roadway was dry. This crash is being investigated by Trooper Tyler Casey Moses.