2 Dead, 1 Arrested After Crash in Forney

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Two women are dead and a man is facing charges after two vehicles collided Monday morning in Forney, authorities say.

It happened about 10:50 a.m. along the eastbound U.S. 80 service road at the Gateway Boulevard bridge.

According to police, 61-year-old Royce Freebourn of Heath was heading east on the service road and ran through a stop sign, crashing into another vehicle that was driving north on Gateway Boulevard.

A police statement said two people were confirmed to have died in the crash. They were later identified as Margarita Bottello, 56, and Yazmin Villagomez Martinez, 32. It's unclear how they knew each other.

Freebourn faces two counts of intoxication manslaughter, which is a second-degree felony, Forney police said Monday afternoon.

A woman who said she is Freebourn's business partner said Freebourn was taking pain medication because he recently had back surgery.

Forney Police Chief Mica Lunt said it's not believed the accident involved alcohol.

"Any kind of intoxication-related offense like this is so tragic because they are always preventable. There's no reason to get behind the wheel of a car when you're intoxicated by drugs, by alcohol or any substance," Lunt said.

Freebourn is being treated for injuries related to the crash, police said.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing, police said.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Forney police at 972-564-7607 or Kaufman County Crime Stoppers at 877-847-7522.

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