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Coleman man, 30, killed in single-vehicle accident

COLEMAN, Texas - A 30-year-old Coleman was killed in a single-vehicle accident Sunday on U.S. 283, about 3.2 miles north of Coleman.

Lance Wesley Hinds was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Nance Campbell. His body was taken to Stephens Funeral Home in Coleman.

Hinds was driving a 1991 Dodge Ram pickup when the crash occurred about 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

A passenger in the vehicle – Lesley Lavon Acosta, 21, of Coleman – suffered a serious incapacitating injury and was transported to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. Another passenger – Alexis Rose Acosta, 2, of Coleman – was treated at and released from Coleman County Medical Center.

Hinds and Lesley weren't wearing seat belts, while the child was restrained.

According to State Police spokesman Frederick Biddle, "The vehicle was traveling north on US-283 and failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle went off the road to the east side, then crossed back over US-283 to the west side and rolled over.

"The driver and female passenger were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the vehicle. The child passenger was in a child safety seat and remained inside the vehicle."

Biddle added, "Seatbelts have been proven over and over again that they save lives.  No matter where you are driving, always wear your seatbelt. It's not worth risking your life."

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