Dalhart man dies in one-vehicle accident
By Robin Scott
On Saturday, August 22nd at approximately 4:00 p.m., Central Dispatch received a report of a one-vehicle accident on FM 3110 between Dalhart and Texline. The driver of the vehicle was killed in the accident.
Sheriff Bruce Scott with the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office responded to the fatal car crash. He stated on Monday, “I would not have responded to an accident that DPS was already handling except that we learned there was a fatality. I picked up Justice of the Peace Judge Rita Little and drove her out there. She pronounced the driver dead at the scene.”
Fred Ted Garcia, a white male, age 35, was driving his 2002 GMC step-side 4-wheel drive pick up truck when he lost control. Law enforcement stated that Garcia likely over-corrected the vehicle causing it to rollover four times. Sheriff Scott stated that Garcia was employed by Sweet Bran.
A Sergeant and four DPS Troopers responded to the scene. Members of the Texline Fire Department and Texline EMS were dispatched, and Horizon Funeral Home was contacted. Sheriff Scott noted, “I went out with two of my deputies, Chief Deputy Martin and Deputy Sides. DPS was already on the scene.” He also stated that Garcia had a Dalhart address and had family living in Clayton. He stated, “He was driving alone in his vehicle, but had family traveling behind him in another vehicle.”
Debris from the accident was scattered across a long stretch of the roadway and grassy area next to the highway. The hood to Garcia’s vehicle had landed on the other side of a fence in a pasture, and the passenger side front tire was ripped away from its axle, which evidenced the violent force of the accident.
Tragically, Garcia’s family members witnessed the accident and were on the scene when he was pronounced dead. Officers discovered that Garcia was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.