Speeding blamed in accident that killed 4

January 14, 2009 2:10:08 PM PST
Excessive speeding was likely the cause of a fiery collision that killed four people and injured two others, authorities said. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The driver of a Chevrolet Cobalt was driving on a state highway in Magnolia at "an extremely high rate of speed" when it collided with a Toyota van Saturday, authorities said.

"The driver of the van probably never saw it coming," said Department of Public Safety Sgt. Angela Fountain.

Four of the five family members traveling in the van were killed. They were identified as: Donald Lee Sexton, 60, of College Station; Curtis Charles Edwards, 78, of Pinehurst; Catherine C. Edwards, 83; and Lloyd Alvin Edwards, 83, of Salina, Okla.

"This is devastating for this family," Fountain said.

Another van passenger, 59-year-old Karla Kay Sexton of College Station, was in serious condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital-The Medical Center on Sunday afternoon, hospital spokeswoman Alejandra Rodriguez said.

Kayla Pratorius, 18, of Magnolia, was a front seat passenger in the Cobalt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Cobalt was 22-year-old Brandon Lee Ferguson of Magnolia. He was in critical condition Sunday afternoon at Memorial Hermann Hospital-The Medical Center, Rodriguez said.

Fountain said that the investigation is ongoing and they are trying to determine the Cobalt's speed at the time of impact.

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