Car wreck claims local woman


Madisonville native Rebecca Medina fell victim to a deadly two-car collision near Livingston last Saturday night.

According to the Texas Department of Public Service, Medina was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 190 in a 2008 Ford Escape. Troopers think Medina crossed the highway centerline, colliding with a 2012 Jeep Wrangler driven by Joseph Johnson, 55 of Livingston.

Troopers are still investigating the matter and have 10 days to file a final report.

Also in the Jeep was Tammy Johnson, 55 of Livingston.

Medina and Joseph Johnson were transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center, where doctors pronounced Medina dead shortly after midnight. Johnson was in critical condition, according to officials.

Tammy Johnson was taken to CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial in Livingston and is currently stable, according to troopers.

DPS officials said all passengers involved in the collision were wearing seatbelts.

Medina served in several capacities throughout her young life. She worked as a youth worship leader at Madisonville Christian Fellowship and was currently the worship leader at Life Church in Leona.

“I was shocked when it happened and we were in disbelief. Here is someone so young and beautiful who had everything going in her life, who loved God the way she did, it is devastating,” said Ivan Nacianceno, Youth Pastor at Madisonville Christian Fellowship. “She gave her belief all she had and God was all she knew. That is what makes it easier: you know where a person like that is going.”

Nacianceno and Medina were in the same youth group together and became very close. They even recorded a christian song together in his barber shop.

Medina’s love for music was described as “infectious” and she used her talent to glorify the Lord.