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Ramona Lawyer, 70, Among 5 Killed in Texas Crash

Fred Ulysses Hammett Jr. of Ramona was killed late Wednesday night near Mesquite, TX.

Fred Ulysses Hammett Jr. of Ramona was killed late Wednesday night in Mesquite, TX, when his GMC Acadia was hit by a Ford pickup driven on the wrong side of the road, according to Texas media reports.

Police were investigating the cause of the crash, which shut down I-20 for hours, said the Mineola Monitor.

It’s still unclear why Krystle Dawn Murphy Carranza, 27, was driving the wrong way, the Monitor reported. Carranza and her three daughters perished.

"Police said she almost hit a state trooper minutes before crashing into Hammett’s vehicle," the paper said, adding that records obtained from the Wood County Sheriff’s Department indicate Carranza had been arrested three times since 2005, once for driving while intoxicated on April 27, 2006.

Hammett, 70, is listed as an active attorney with a San Diego work address.

East County Magazine reported that Hammett was in Texas to attend his sister’s memorial service and was driving a rental SUV.

Lisa June 04, 2012 at 03:28 PM
If they were to enforce good driving, and good parenting, this woman would not have been on the road. This is heartbreaking for him and his family, and also for those kids.
Monica Hammett June 04, 2012 at 05:02 PM
This was my Father who died in the accident. Words cannot express the loss our family feels. We love you Dad...Monica, Buddy & Gaven...and Mom
Hiking In Ramona June 04, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I heard about this accident on Friday from a friend who lives in McKinney, Tx. She said a guy from Ramona was killed by a wrong way driver. I went looking for the story. So glad it was finally reported here. To the Hammett family so sorry about your lost. What are the chances she was drunk?
Monica Hammett June 04, 2012 at 05:58 PM
The woman has been arrested 3 times in the past three years for DWI. We are awaiting the toxicology report. Thank you all for your well wishes.
Ken Stone June 04, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Monica has provided photos of her father. Obituary will be posted soon.
April Hammett June 05, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Fred was a sweet and kind-hearted man that I am proud I was able to know as my father-in-law. He was able to see his new grandson Nolan just a few months ago....it was a wonderful visit. He will be so missed.
Danielle C. July 11, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Has the toxicology report been released yet? I was passed by her, and honestly, she wasn't swerving when she passed, but there were plenty of opportunities for her to turn around or pull over. So I think she was def under the influence of something. Hammett family, I'm so sorry for your loss.
Monica Hammett July 12, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Danielle C. - Please contact me at mhammett@cableone.net. Thank you very much. Monica Hammett
greg Chick August 15, 2012 at 04:09 PM
No Lawyer jokes allowed. A Plumber.
Joe Carranza Jr. March 14, 2013 at 06:31 AM
I understand the lost of your family member but there was others involved in the accident which are my three sisters. God can only gudge our mistakes. This was our family and we suffer just as well. So please dnt have hatred in your hearts.

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