The TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY confirms a fatality accident occurred in Wilbarger County on Sunday, March 28. After a public information request was filed by the Vernon Record, an accident report was released to regional media regarding the incident on Tuesday afternoon. See the Vernon Record print edition for more.
Date & Time: 3/28/21 – Approx. 7:15 p.m. County: Wilbarger
Location: Summerour Rd., 1.5 miles S.E. of Vernon Posted Speed Limit: 60
Number of vehicles in crash: 1 Number Injured: 1 Number Killed: 1
Vehicle 1: 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee -SUV
Driver Deceased – DONALD LEWIS FENNELL, 40, Vernon, TX
Passenger – Aaron Balay, 27, of Vernon, TX
Description – Fennell was traveling north on Summerour road and lost control causing the vehicle skid sideways and roll over ejecting Fennell. Fennell was transported to Wilbarger Regional hospital where he died a short time later. The passenger had minor injuries.
Alcohol may have been a contributing factor.
Seat belts were not worn.
Road Conditions: Dry and clear
Investigated By: Texas Highway Patrol
This information is from a preliminary crash investigation, information can change as more details are discovered.