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Driver charged with manslaughter after HWY 191 crash left one dead

Police determined Bassett was going at least 20 miles over the speed limit when he crashed into the other car.

ODESSA, Texas —

The Odessa Police Department is investigating a two-vehicle crash that left one person dead.

According to OPD, on Thursday around 6:07 p.m., officers and members of Odessa Fire Rescue responded to a major crash in the 12800 block of E. Highway 191.

Investigation revealed that a white 2003 Mercedes was traveling east in the inside lane.

A beige 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche, driven by 79-year-old Don Bassett, of Midland, was driving in the same direction behind the Mercedes.

Bassett failed to control his speed, causing his Chevrolet to hit the Mercedes. Both vehicles left the roadway and hit the retaining barrier.

The driver of the Mercedes, 42-year-old Hortensia Almaras of Midland, was pronounced dead at Medical Center Hospital. The passenger of the Mercedes who was transported to MCH has been identified as 67-year-old Irma Munoz. 

According to a witness at the scene and video obtained by police, investigators determined Bassett was traveling around 83 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour construction zone.

The affidavit stated that officers conducted a sobriety test on Bassett but he showed no clues of being intoxicated.

Based off of the investigation, Bassett has been arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Bassett's bond was set at $25,000. Jail records indicate he bonded out on July 19.

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