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Kerr County collision claims fourth victim

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A fourth member of the Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club whose members were struck by a suspected drunken driver in Kerr County on July 18 has died as a result of his injuries, club officials and media accounts report.

Joseph Lazo, whose leg was crushed in the crash that killed three other motorcycle club members, died on July 30, reports said.

Lazo, also known as Kelly, had been a sergeant in the Niles City, Illinois police department.

A second retired officer with the Niles City police, Joseph Paglia, also was killed in the head-on collision on Highway 16 south of Kerrville that allegedly occurred when Ivan Robles Navejas drove his northbound vehicle across the center line and into the group of cyclist.

Navejas was suspected of driving while intoxicated and has been charged with three counts of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle and four counts of intoxication assault with serious bodily injury.

Others club members killed in the crash were Jerry Wayne Harbour, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and Eastern Airlines pilot, and Michael White, a U.S. Army veteran who had been an officer with Chicago Community Service.

At least three other club members were hospitalized with Lazo after the mishap.

The group had ridden together to Kerrville from Bandera on July 18 for lunch and was returning to Bandera, where the annual meeting of the motorcycle club foundation was being held, when the vehicle ran into the group of cyclists.

A group of what was estimated to be about 700 motorcyclists and supporters in other vehicles representing the Thin Blue Line club passed through Bandera again on Aug. 2 as part of a memorial ride back to Kerrville.

Navejas, who is accused of being an undocumented immigrant after having his conditional permanent resident status in the U.S. expire in January 2019, was jailed in Kerr County in lieu of $500,000 bond.

He reportedly was awaiting trial on a 2018 felony aggravated assault charge in Bexar County at the time of the fatal accident.

In addition, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission reported earlier this month that Ranelle Diane Welch, 37, of Center Point had been arrested and charged with illegally selling alcohol to Navejas, who already was suspected of being intoxicated.

Welch was working at a Dollar General in Center Point on July 18 when she sold beer to Navejas, the TABC said in a news release. Navejas, who investigators believe was intoxicated when he purchased the beer, was involved in the fatal accident shortly thereafter, the release said.

State law prohibits the sale of alcohol to any person who exhibits signs of intoxication at the time of sale.

Welch was charged with sale to a certain person, which is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

She turned herself into Kerr County authorities on Aug. 6 and was later released on $2,000 bond, the release said.