by Sarah Burns
COMANCHE, Texas — Law enforcement officials are investigating a crash that killed two people this past Saturday near Comanche.
According to a press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety, someone was driving a ford pickup truck east on US 67 when they decided to pass 78-year-old Jimmy Crosson of Comanche. The pickup truck crossed over the center line into the westbound lane on US 67. That's when they struck Mari Kanani Lai Jun Chun, 35, who was traveling in a Toyota Prius, heading west at the time towards the passing pickup and Crosson. Chun attempted to veer onto the right shoulder but could not avoid the pickup truck.
Another three vehicles traveling west on US 67 approached the crash. Joel Easter, 62, of Early, was approaching in a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and veered right to avoid the pickup truck. The truck struck the left side mirror of the motorcycle. Easter sustained non-incapacitating injuries.
Khayman Dela Rosa, 32, of Brownwood was also driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle and veered left, into the lane of Crosson. Crosson attempted to veer to his left to avoid Dela Rosa, but the pair struck each other on the right side. Dela Rosa was taken to a local hospital with critical injuries.
Steven Stuart, 56, of Coleman, was traveling in a Yamaha motorcycle, and struck Crosson head-on, being unable to avoid the crash.
Both Crosson and Stuart were pronounced dead on scene. Police are still trying to locate the Ford pickup truck and its driver. The pickup has damage to its left side.