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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – 1.5.2024 Fatality Crash in Ellis County

Number of Vehicles in Crash: 2            Number of Injured: 1                    Number Killed: 1

Date & Time: January 5, 2024, at 7:02 a.m.

County: Ellis.

Location: State Highway 34 near the Bardwell Lake Bridge.


Vehicle 1: 2014 Honda Accord.

Driver: Deceased.

Xzavier Sarmienta, 21-YOA from Ennis, TX.

Pronounced at the scene by Justice of the Peace Dan Cox.

Vehicle 2: 2017 Dodge Ram 3500.


Brian Simmons, 28-YOA from Hubbard, TX.

Minor injuries: Transported to Ennis Regional Medical Center.



Preliminary investigation indicates Vehicle 1 was traveling eastbound, in front of Vehicle 2, when the driver of Vehicle 1 made a U-Turn and was struck by Vehicle 2. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.


Investigated by: Trooper O. White, DPS – Waxahachie.


A preliminary crash report will be available for purchase online in 10 days           



Josue “Tony” De La Cerda, Sergeant

Media and Communications/ Safety Education

Drug Recognition Expert

Texas Department of Public Safety

1 Comment

  1. Kimberley Palacios on January 7, 2024 at 2:26 pm

    Same age as my youngest, they probably went to school together. Prayers for the family of this young man.

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