Sunday collision proves fatal

Speeding car slips off FM 1428, collides with tree

Posted 1/7/20

A single car accident on FM 1428 Sunday resulted in a fatality when a Lincoln Navigator struck a tree on private property in Madisonville.

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Sunday collision proves fatal

Speeding car slips off FM 1428, collides with tree

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A single car accident on FM 1428 Sunday resulted in a fatality when a Lincoln Navigator struck a tree on private property in Madisonville.

Alfonso Rosas, the driver, died in the incident after being air-lifted to CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital in Bryan. A juvenile in the backseat of the vehicle was transported to Texas Children’s Hospital in a separate helicopter.

Rosas was heading southeast on FM 1428 at a high rate of speed before losing control and colliding with a tree on private property. The tree belonged to former DPS Officer Jim Robinson, who described the scene.

“I do not think I have ever seen a car that demolished,” said Robinson, who served 13 years with the DPS.

Robinson also stated that the Jaws of Life were used to extract Rosas from the damaged vehicle and that the speedometer was frozen over 100 mph.

The roadway’s speed limit is currently 70 mph, which Robinson sees as a danger waiting to happen.

“In my opinion, TxDOT is totally irresponsible in not setting a 45 mph speed limit on FM 1428 from SH 21 to well southeast of Robinson Lane,” said Robinson. “This is a dangerous strip with several residences and poor visibility due to two creek crossings and dips in 1428 in both directions.”

DPS, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Madisonville Police Department, Madisonville Volunteer Fire Department and St. Joseph EMS all responded to the scene along with the St. Joseph medical helicopters.

Robinson and those gathered removed his cattle from a paddock next to his front yard to establish a landing area for the helicopters.

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