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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was called to the scene of a fatal crash in Jones County on U.S. Highway 180, one mile west of the intersection with Farm Road 600 at 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning.
Christopher Ryan Alaniz, 16, of New Home, Texas, was driving a 2013 Infinity LL (Suburban) east bound on U.S. 180 in Jones County. The family had attended a funeral in Seminole, Texas and was traveling to Graham, Texas. The driver fell asleep and the vehicle drifted off of the roadway to the right, grazing the backside of a guard rail. The vehicle continued in the barrow ditch, going air born at a dry creek bed and coming to rest on the other side of the creek bed onto the cement embankment.
Alaniz is in stable condition at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. The seat belt was worn. Also injured was his father, Pete Alaniz, 47, from Graham, Texas. He is in serious condition at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. He was in the front passenger seat and was wearing a seat belt. Pete Alaniz is the father of Christopher and Eric Alaniz, who died in the wreck.
Eric Keith Alaniz, 23 years of age from New Home, was seated behind the driver. The seat belt was worn.
Bobby Lynn Beavers, 24, from Denver, Colo. was seated behind the front passenger. The seat belt was not worn and next of kin have been notified. Bobby Beavers is the cousin to Christopher and Eric and was seated behind the front passenger.
Both of the above were pronounced dead at the scene at 2:51 a.m. by Judge Crawford. The bodies were taken to Abilene Professional Services in Abilene.
Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Wheeler is investigating the crash. The road was dry and the weather clear.