19-year-old dies when truck plunges into pond

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UPDATE: Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:05 p.m.

Authorities have released more details regarding a single-vehicle wreck Thursday morning that left one dead and another seriously injured in Archer County.

According to the preliminary accident report, the driver Wichita Falls resident Xavier Phoenix Ventura, 19, was pronounced dead on the scene of the wreck.

The passenger of the vehicle, Tristan James Arvanis, was transported to United Regional with serious injuries. Their current condition is unknown at this time. According to a family member Arvanis is Ventura’s brother.

According to the report, Ventura and one other occupant were traveling north on Highway 79 in a Ford pickup truck around 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

The report said the vehicle hydroplaned, causing the pickup to side skid across the roadway and enter a low-lying barrow ditch and rollover. Authorities said in a report that Ventura was ejected however family members have said it was the passenger who was ejected.

The vehicle came to rest on its roof in the water-filled ditch.

The report said roads were wet due to rain, and neither the driver nor the passenger of the vehicle were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the wreck.

“Xavier was a good soul whose life was taken too soon. He will be remembered as a funny and sweet guy who always had a smile on his face. He loved the Cubs and his huge family,” Xavier’s aunt Melrose Revlek said in a Facebook message.

The family is asking for prayers and requests in lieu of flowers, to please send any donations via Venmo to the family. Venmo account is @melissakelver.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation by Texas Highway Patrol.

This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma’s Homepage as we work to gather more information.


UPDATE: Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11:05 a.m.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the cause of a single-vehicle incident that lead to the death of the driver.

According to Texas DPS Sgt. Dan Buesing, the driver of the vehicle that crashed into a retention pond alongside Highway 79 near Coleman and Davis Roads has died.

The cause of the wreck is under investigation.

No other details were released.


ARCHER COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — Authorities are investigating why a driver drove off the road and into a retention pond alongside Highway 79 Thursday morning.

Archer City firefighters and Texas DPS troopers responded to a call around 5:30 a.m. just past Davis Road a few miles north of Archer City.

According to Archer County Sheriff Jack Curd, one person was sent to the hospital. Curd has not said if there are other injuries.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

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