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The driver of a Chevrolet pickup involved in a double-fatality collision on Saturday remains at large, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety Wednesday release.

The collision resulted in the deaths of Amparo Juarez, 35, and Sixto Martinez, 50, both of Cleburne.

The accident occurred about 9:27 p.m. on Farm-to-Market Road 2280 about two miles north of Keene.

Preliminary investigation shows that a white Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ramiro Davila, 21, of Cleburne, was traveling southbound on FM 2280 behind another vehicle.

Juarez and Martinez meanwhile were passengers in a 2005 Ford Expedition traveling northbound on FM 2280.

For reasons undetermined, Davila attempted to pass the vehicle in front of him, according to reports. While in a no-passing zone he entered the northbound lane and struck the Ford head on, according to reports.

The driver of the Ford, Roberto Martinez, 39, of Cleburne, was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Also transported from the Ford were Maria Guadalupe Martinez, 45, of Cleburne; Maria Martinez, 19, of Cleburne as well as two females ages 15 and 3. All were transported to Fort Worth hospitals to be treated for various injuries.

The Johnson County medical examiner pronounced Juarez and Martinez dead at the scene.

Davila left the scene of the accident and has yet to be located, according to the release.

A passenger in Davila’s truck, Leonardo Hernandez, 44, of Cleburne, was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital with serious injuries.

Both vehicles sustained major damage in the collision and firefighters from Keene and several area agencies responded to the scene.

Investigation into the accident remains ongoing, DPS Sgt. Sara Warren said.

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