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Texting blamed
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State troopers Kevin Ballew and Wade Myers investigate the accident scene Wednesday after two vehicles collided on Beersheba Highway in Irving College. - photo by Margaret Hobbs

A man living out of a car lost both his home and his transportation on Wednesday when he pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle in Irving College.

The Highway Patrol says Juan Orozco, 44, was texting while driving at the time of the two-vehicle crash on Beersheba Highway. He collided with a vehicle driven by Phyllis Argo, 71, of Irving College, who was hospitalized but has since been released.

“He admitted he was distracted by his phone,” said state trooper Wade Myers. “Fortunately, both occupants were wearing their seatbelts. By wearing his seatbelt, Mr. Orozco stayed in the driver’s seat while his vehicle was flipping.”

According to trooper Myers, the crash occurred around 4 p.m. as Orozco was traveling toward McMinnville in a red Honda Civic. Argo was traveling away from town in a Chevy Sonic.

Orozco was attempting to make a left turn into a driveway from the highway when he turned into the path of Argo. His vehicle was T-boned, which caused it to overturn, roll, and come to rest on its top.

Mr. Orozco received medical treatment at the scene, but was not transported. His upside down vehicle was clearly loaded with belongings and he told officials at the scene he was in between homes.

He was cited for texting while driving, failure to yield, and driving without a license.