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Ellis County man killed in accident


VICTORIA — A 73-year-old Ellis County man was killed in an accident at approximately 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department reported.

The victim was identified as Lavern J. Braun, rural Ellis County.

According to the report, a 1989 Ford pickup driven by Kirk Denning, 50, Russell, was eastbound in the 2600 block of Grant’s Villa Road when it collided with a 1998 Chevy pickup driven by Braun. The sheriff’s department reported both trucks appeared to be driving in the middle of the road before the accident.

Braun reportedly moved closer to the right side of the road, and while Denning was attempting to stop, the wheels on his pickup locked up and he slid into the path of the other truck.

Denning refused treatment; Braun was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in Denning’s truck, Joseph Berens, 25, Russell, was transported to Hays Medical Center by Ellis County EMS.

None of the three were wearing seat belts, the report said.