Father, son drown after crashing into pond

March 26, 2012 7:28:54 AM PDT
A father and son lost their lives in an accident Sunday because of bad weather, but residents do not believe fog was the only problem on that roadway.

The accident happened around 4am on Camden Fields at Mesquite Stone in Richmond.

Lee Wang and his neighbors are trying to make sense of the tragedy. It killed the man who delivers their newspapers.

"When I came out, you could see nothing from the surface of water," Wang said.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers say 39-year-old Fabio Martinez-Palacios of Rosenberg was driving through the Old Orchard subdivision and delivering papers, but he missed a curve in the road. His nine-year-old son, Daniel Martinez, was with him.

"Weather conditions were very foggy this morning, and they hit a curb over here and went straight into the water," DPS Sgt. Michael Bowen said.

Authorities arrived and found the van under water, still full of newspapers. Daniel's body was in the grass next to the pond and his father's body was in the water on the other side. Both drowned.

Andrea Pappas-Newberry is with the homeowners association at Old Orchard -- a relatively new subdivision that used to be a golf course. Incidentally, she used to deliver newspapers herself.

"It can be pretty hectic," she said. "We get busy, trying to make sure we're delivering to the right house."

No one knows how long Martinez-Palacios delivered papers in this neighborhood or how familiar he was with these streets. What they do know is that it's time for barriers between the ponds and streets. Only a sidewalk separates the road from the water.

"This is something we need to look into because we don't want this to happen to anybody else, whether it be a newspaper carrier or any of our residents," Pappas-Newberry said.

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