Lawton, OK Soldiers Killed In Wreck, Mar 1968


Lawton, Okla. (Staff) - Two West Texas soldiers stationed at Fort Sill here were killed instantly Sunday when their car struck a bridge and crashed into a creek in a West Lawton residential area.
Pronounced dead at the scene at 2:20 a.m. Sunday were 21-year-old ROMERO VASQUEZ of Odessa and MANUEL G. GARCIA, JR., 20, identified as a former Seagraves resident.
The two soldiers reportedly were rushing to Reynolds Army Hospital at Fort Sill where VASQUEZ' wife had been taken to have a baby.
Investigators said VASQUEZ was driving the 1966-model car when it skidded on gravel on the shoulder of the road.
The vehicle went out of control and slammed into a bridge abutment in the center of the road. It traveled about 30 feet and plunged into a creek.
Authorities who investigated the accident found VASQUEZ pinned in the vehicle, while GARCIA was found lying about 13 feet north of the bridge.
Investigators were unable to find skid marks.
The two men were in the Second Battalion of the 44th Artillery here.
VASQUEZ is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Guillermo Vasquez, 3201 Eastland.
Other survivors include three brothers, Renaldo, Robert and Guillermo, Jr., all of the home; three sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Martinez of Odessa and Anna Marie and Alva Vasquez, both of the home.
Funeral services are pending.

The Odessa American Texas 1968-03-04