A Monday morning crash in Wheeler County, Texas, left two Coast residents dead and a Long Beach woman in critical condition.
Sgt. Cindy Barkley of the Texas Department of Public Safety said 26-year-old Andrew DeRosia of Gulfport was driving a 1999 Ford Explorer on Interstate 40 at about 8 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to flip several times before it landed in the road’s median.
Barkley said DeRosia died at the scene of the crash. He was wearing his seat belt, she said.
Also killed was Jeremy Lassere, 29, of D’Iberville. Lassere was not wearing his seat belt, Barkley said, and was ejected from the Explorer.
Paxton Key, 21, of Long Beach, also was a passenger in the SUV. Key was airlifted to a hospital in Amarillo. Bailey said Key’s injuries were “life-threatening.”
Key is an employee at Harbor View Cafe in Long Beach. According to a GoFundMe account set up by Morgan Bogolin, Key is the mother of a 2-year-old daughter. Harbor View employees did not have any updates on Key’s condition Tuesday morning.
Lynn Rae Moore, Lassere’s sister, also set up a GoFundMe in his name to help cover funeral costs. A GoFundMe page also has been set up to help with funeral expenses for DeRosia, who leaves behind two children, Quinn and Liam.
Lassere and DeRosia are the second and third Coast residents to die in crashes on the interstates of Texas in less than a month. on Nov. 13, Sydney Pucheu, was killed during a crash on Interstate 20 near Dallas.