RAMONA ATTORNEY KILLED IN TEXAS CAR WRECK

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June 1, 2012 (Ramona) – Fred Ulysses Hammett, 70, an attorney from Ramona, died  Wednesday in a head-on collision that also claimed the life of a mother and her three young children.
 
Hammett was in Texas to attend his sister’s memorial service.  He was driving a rental SUV when he was struck head-on by a Ford pickup truck. The pickup was driving the wrong direction on I-20 in Mesquite, Texas and reportedly almost struck a Texas trooper’s car before hitting Hammett’s vehicle.
 
 
The truck was driven by Krystal Carranza, who died along with her three daughters, Nevaeh, 5, Delaney, 3, and Aleah, 10 months.
A trooper from the Texas Department of Public Services witnessed the tragedy. Both vehicles burst into flames. Emergency crews tried to douse the blaze, but were unable to rescue the victims. 

Carranzo was reportedly talking on her cell phone shortly before the crash.  According to the Dallas Morning News, she had two prior arrests for driving under the influence; police are investigating whether alcohol may have been a factor in the fatal crash.