Victoria woman killed in accident north of Cuero


A Victoria woman died Saturday, Jan. 21, after her vehicle was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer on U.S. 183 just north of Cuero, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said.

Laura Yvette Rivera, 38, of Victoria, was traveling north in a 2019 Kia Sorento on U.S. 183 about 1.3 miles north of Cuero at about 6:35 a.m. Saturday.

A southbound 2022 Kenworth semi towing a 2021 trailer, driven by Reginald Duntae Cobb Sr., 43, of Red Oak, apparently drifted into Rivera’s lane for unknown reasons and struck her SUV, said DPS Sgt. Ruben San Miguel.

The two vehicles left the roadway and went onto the embankment on the east side of the highway. The Sorento rolled over and came to rest on the embankment on its top. The truck jackknifed and came to a rest at the bottom of the embankment, right side up, San Miguel said.

Rivera was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 7:10 a.m. by DeWitt County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Peggy Mayer. Cobb was treated at the scene and released without serious injury, San Miguel said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation as of Tuesday, Jan. 24.