Fatal Collision in Andrews County Has Family Mourning

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

It's been a traumatic weekend for two families, a terrible accident took the lives of five people, including three children. The uncle of those children talked to NewsWest 9 about the heartbreak they're dealing with and how he'll miss those little angels.

Shock is the only way to describe how the family feels. Never did they expect something as tragic as this to happen to them. Right now, they're just trying to cope with what happened they best the can.

"It caught me by shock, I didn't want to believe my sister lost her three kids, it was horrifying," Manuel Rodriquez said.

Manuel Rodriquez is brother of the Martina Savage, the woman who lost her three children in a car accident this past weekend on FM 1788. In total, five people died in the crash, the young children's grandmother and the driver of a trash truck perished as well.

"The vehicle drifted into the northbound lane and was struck head on by the truck and it drug it for a few hundred feet," Trooper John Barton, with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said.

Trooper Barton tells NewsWest 9, Deborah Beck and her three grandchildren were driving their Volkswagen when she somehow veered into another lane slamming into the dump truck.

Her son and daughter in law were in front of Beck when the accident happened and inside that dump truck was 56-year-old Edwin Timmer, his wife was also following behind him a few miles back.

"This is one of those tragic incidents, one of those worst possible scenarios to where the family is actually on scene and witness it. So it makes it very difficult for everyone involved," Barton said.

"It's a real hard time for the family. We are all coping with her and her husband and trying to comfort them at this time," Rodriquez said.

Manuel says before his sister moved out to Andrews, she lived in Stanton and his wife would babysit Tiffany the oldest of the three children.

"She was a good little girl, she was a sweetheart, an angel, she was real precious," Rodriquez said.

In the meantime, everyone is trying to give Manuel's sister and the family all the support possible. The family is grateful for everyone's prayers and ask that they continue to pray for their family.

"I was up there the day of the accident, I can tell it has not set in. It's gonna be hard but just keep the family in your prayers," Rodriquez said.

Two of the children and the grandmother will have their funeral this Friday at the First Baptist Church in Andrews at 2 pm.

The eldest little girl Tiffany will have her funeral service on Thursday at 2 pm at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Midland followed by a burial at St. Joseph Cemetery in Stanton.

An account has now been set up to help out the victim's families.

Donations can be dropped off at the National Bank of Andrews, you can also mail your donations to P.O. Box 629, Andrews, TX 79714.

Just specify it's for the Beck, Savage, Klein account. If you have any questions, you can call 432-523-6800.

An account has also been set up in Midland. Just head to any Wells Fargo Branch, you can also specify it's for the Beck, Savage, Klein account or just give them the account number 7244773011.