Odessa, TX (July 7, 2022) – Odessa Police Department responded to a car accident that left one person dead. The accident occurred Thursday afternoon in the 12800 block of E. Highway 191.
76-year-old Don Bassett, driving a 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche, was driving behind a 2003 Mercedes, driven by 42-year-old Hortensia Almaras. Both were traveling eastbound. Bassett continued to speed up and hit the Mercedes, causing both cars to leave the road and hit the retaining barrier.
Almaras and the Mercedes passenger, 67-year-old Irma Munoz, were both transported to Medical Center Hospital. Almaras was pronounced dead upon arrival at MCH.
Further investigation reveals that Bassett was traveling 83 mph in a 60 mph construction zone. Police stated that there were no signs of intoxication after performing a sobriety test on Bassett.
Bassett was arrested and charged with manslaughter. Bassett’s bond was set at $25,000 and Jail records indicate he bonded out on July 19.
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