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Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 12:00 pm | Updated: 9:17 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Sonya Campbell

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON - Belton police are investigating a two-vehicle wreck Sunday night that claimed the life of a 19-year-old Houston woman and injured three other people, including a 13-year-old boy.

The deceased woman, identified as Samantha Egger Whetzel, is the wife of a Fort Hood soldier, Police Chief Gene Ellis said.

According to police reports, officers responded to the 2000 block of East Sixth Ave. at about 6:15 p.m. Sunday

The preliminary investigation indicates a 2006 Nissan Altima, driven by Kendra West, 38, of Temple, crossed the center line while traveling west on East Sixth Avenue and struck a 2010 Nissan Sentra head-on.

The Sentra was being driven by Jessie Whetzel Jr., 22, of Fort Hood. His wife, who died at the scene, was the sole passenger in the car.

The 13-year-old was the only passenger in the Altima, the police chief said.

All of the injured were taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

Ellis did not know the extent of their injuries.

Ellis said it initially does not appear alcohol was a factor. He also noted the location where the wreck occurred has been the scene of other serious accidents.

Investigators are expected to reconstruct the scene later this week, he said.

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