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2 Nacogdoches men die after crashing through home in Melrose area

Courtesy of Mary Lampin. Courtesy of Mary Lampin.
Courtesy of Mary Lampin. Courtesy of Mary Lampin.
Courtesy of Mary Lampin. Courtesy of Mary Lampin.
Zachtavius Garrett photo source: Facebook.com. Zachtavius Garrett photo source: Facebook.com.
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Two Nacogdoches men have died after the vehicle in which they were traveling went through a mobile home on County Road 302. Nobody discovered the wreckage until Monday morning.

Zachtavius Demario Garrett, 30, and Jarome Ramon Murchison, 23, were pronounced dead at the scene at 7:20 a.m. Both were wearing seatbelts.

According to the Department of Public Safety report, Garrett was driving a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer eastbound on County Road 302, five miles east of Nacogdoches, when they left the roadway and hit the mobile home.

The time of the accident is unclear. Several nearby residents heard a loud noise around midnight, but no one investigated.

"I just heard like some tin," Tiffany Reed said. "It sounded like something was falling off a truck or something. Then everything just went silent. Something told me to get up and go outside, but I didn't. I just went on to sleep."

Even at daylight the crash wasn't detected right away.

"You know, the funny thing about it, it closed back up on the other end and you couldn't look at this and tell hardly that it was tore up when you come," said Mary Lampin, the owner of the property. "You had to come on this side to see the car."

The damage was quite evident from the east side. More damage was found starting at the corner of the Upper Melrose Road and County Road 313.

"And that post and the fence had knocked it down and come on through this fence and then into the house," Lampin said. "Went through two parts of the house."

Tire marks show the vehicle traveled a tenth of a mile on the Upper Melrose Road before hitting one side of the house and going out the other. The woman who lived at the home moved to a nursing home on Friday.

"God works in mysterious ways, don't he?" Lampin said. "It would have killed her, just the impact at the other end."

Garrett was driving his girlfriend's car. Friends say they were planning a June wedding.

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