Interstate crash claims life of Austin man
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

January 2, 2004 -- A 59-year-old Austin man was killed Saturday evening following a one-vehicle rollover accident in the Radio Road construction zone on Interstate 30.

Ronald Wilbur Sibley was traveling eastbound through the one-lane construction area in a Geo Tracker just before 6 p.m. Saturday when the accident occurred.

As Sibley was leaving the construction area near the 125 mile marker, his vehicle struck a barricade, causing it to overturn several times, according to witnesses. Sibley was ejected through the sunroof of the car said Precinct One Justice of the Peace Yvonne King, who pronounced Sibley dead at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers had a difficult time Saturday notifying Sibley's family of the accident due to limited identification and emergency information found in the vehicle. The man had only his driver's license, which was suspended and listed a 2000 Austin address, and military identification in his wallet, while the car registration listed a San Antonio address, State Trooper George Harris said Saturday night.

The Austin Police Department was contacted to notify people at Sibley's last known address in Austin in hopes a family member still lived there or someone who might know how to contact his family, Harris said Saturday night. Sibley's daughter had been notified Monday morning, King said.

Sibley became the 17th person to die as a result of 15 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurring in Hopkins County this year. He is also the fourth killed on the 30 mile stretch of Interstate 30 in the county since January.

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