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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 11:01 am

Two 38-year-old Odessans are dead after a fatal collision in northwest Odessa.

The reported fatal collision happened at 5:34 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of 42nd Street and Kermit Highway, an Odessa Police Department press release stated.

Veronica Garza, 38, was reportedly driving a maroon Kia Optima west in the 2800 block of the West 42nd Street. The passenger of the Optima was later identified as 38-year-old Gabriel Montoya of Odessa.

The Optima was traveling at a high rate of speed and hit a curb before losing control and colliding with a parked 18-wheeler in the Stripes parking lot located at 4020 Kermit Highway.

Garza and Montoya were pronounced dead on scene, the release stated. Next of kin were notified and there were no reports of any other injuries. 

The investigation continues.

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