By Brenda Sommer
A brutal collision in Falls County took the life of a Mexia woman Friday night, after her car was hit head-on by a big rig driven by a state prison inmate.
According to Department of Public Safety reports, the wreck occurred in the mid-afternoon of Jan. 8, on Hwy. 7, a little more than 4 miles east of Marlin.
DPS said Brandice Ray “Brandy” Garrett, 43, of Mexia was headed eastbound on the highway in a 2015 Nissan Versa, a subcompact car.
A westbound semitractor-trailer carrying items from Huntsville to Gatesville, which belongs to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, entered the eastbound lanes, possibly to pass another vehicle, when the collision occurred.
The driver of the semi was Venson V. Williams, 47, of Huntsville, who DPS said is a trustee. He was being followed by a TDCJ employee and holds a commercial driver’s license.