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One killed, 4 injured and medical helicopter damaged in wreck

Published: Nov. 14, 2011 at 1:14 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2011 at 5:31 PM CST
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Erik Green. Photo Source: Anderson County Jail.
Erik Green. Photo Source: Anderson County Jail.
Matthew Mitchell. Photo Source: Anderson County Jail.
Matthew Mitchell. Photo Source: Anderson County Jail.
Robert Hamm. Photo Source: Anderson County Jail.
Robert Hamm. Photo Source: Anderson County Jail.

PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - An SUV wreck killed one person in Anderson County over the weekend.

Shortly before 1:30 am Sunday, a Chevy Tahoe driven by Erik Green of Arlington, crossed the center line on highway 287 south of FM 1817 near Elkhart and collided with another SUV.

A passenger in that SUV, Betsy Salazar, 40, of Waco was killed and three others were injured; 24-year-old Leubin Garcia is in serious condition, 22-year-old Anna Pecina and 21-year-old Marysol Pecina, both in critical condition at a Palestine hospital.

Erik Green was transported to a Palestine hospital with minor injuries and is in the Anderson County Jail, charged with Intoxicated Manslaughter with vehicle with bonds totaling $800,000.

While authorities were on the scene, another car struck the life-flight helicopter. The helicopter suffered some damage, but no injuries were reported.

The driver of that car, Matthew Mitchell was arrested on DWI and Open Alcohol Container charges with a bond of $35,000 and passenger, Robert Hamm, was also arrested for public intoxication.

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