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One dead in Midland County accident

Wife said Justin Cox was coming home from work

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Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013 5:30 pm

Jenna Valdez said the last time she saw her husband Justin Dean Cox was Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m. before he left for work.

Tragically, that was the last time she would see him.

Cox, 24, of Midland, was killed in a three-vehicle accident Monday morning on Farm-to-Market Road 1788, just north of State Highway 191, Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Elena Viramontes said.

The accident, which was reported around 6:58 a.m., happened after Cox was southbound on FM 1788 in a Ford F-250 when he drifted into the northbound lanes and collided with two northbound 18-wheelers, Viramontes said. Viramontes added driver fatigue was a factor in the accident and weather conditions were reported as foggy.

Cox was pronounced dead at the scene by Midland Justice of the Peace George Zimmerman and was reported as not wearing a seatbelt.

Cox's vehicle had two passengers, a DPS release stated, and they reported being fatigued. One passenger was in the front seat and the other passenger was in the rear seat and was asleep. Both passengers were transported to Midland Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Their names were unavailable at press time. The investigation continues.  

The accident closed north and southbound lanes on FM 1788 for about a mile for several hours until they were re-opened early Monday afternoon.

Valdez said Cox, a truck driver, left home around 3 p.m. Sunday and was supposed to be home sometime in the evening, but was never relieved for work. Valdez said her husband was finally leaving for home around 6 a.m. Monday.

“Mathena owners are coming to speak with me tomorrow,” Valdez told the OA through social media. “I feel like (it’s) unreal, that this is all just a dream, and I'm going to wake up to him telling me, ‘Good morning.’”

A call made to Mathena was not returned by press time Monday.

Valdez said she and Cox married on Sept. 23, 2013, and had known each for five years. She said they named their son Diesel, after Cox’s love of diesel vehicles.

Described as a “great man” who had many friends, Valdez said Cox had many friends, loved to be around his family, and was so “so bubbly” that he “always had a smile on his face.”

“He was the kind of man that if (you) were feeling down, he would pick (you) back up again,” Valdez said.

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