Provided by Texas DPS
LUBBOCK - The Texas Department of Public Safety was notified today of a major crash on TX-114 near Smyer. At 9:37 a.m., DPS received a call of two vehicle crash on TX-114, one mile west of Smyer. DPS troopers responded and arrived at the scene at 10:06 a.m.
Unit 1 was a black 1999 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Christopher Castillo, 20, of Lubbock. Chistopher Jimenez, 20, of Lubbock was the front right seat passenger in Unit 1.
Unit 2 was a beige 2006 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Francisco Javier Alvizo, 34, of Lubbock.
Unit 1 was heading west on TX-114, when Castillo lost control on the ice and crossed the center median into the eastbound traffic lanes. Unit 2 was eastbound on TX-114. Unit 1 crashed into Unit 2. Unit 1 caught on fire but both Castillo and Jimenez were pulled from the vehicle by witnesses.
Alvizo was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Traffic was temporarily diverted into one lane until the roadway was cleared.
Castillo and Jimenez were transported to Covenant hospital with minor to moderate injuries.
All occupants in both vehicles were wearing seatbelts.
Next of kin has been notified.