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UPDATED 8:42 p.m. SEPT. 14: The Texas Roughriders, the girls fastpitch softball organization founded and run by Jesus Rene Natal, is having a plate sale benefit to cover funeral costs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Adams Barber Shop, 618 S. Guadalupe St., No. 101 in San Marcos. Natal died early Friday in an east San Marcos traffic accident.


A collision between a Chevy Suburban and a delivery truck claimed the life of a 38 year old San Marcos man. PHOTO by TREY HATT.

SUBMITTED REPORT

A fiery collision between a sports utility vehicle and a delivery truck claimed the life of a San Marcos man early Friday on Texas 123. Jesus Rene Natal, 38, of San Marcos was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash happened around 1 a.m. at Texas 123 and Clovis Barker Drive. Investigators say Natal’s 2005 Chevrolet Suburban was traveling south on Texas 123 and struck the rear of a southbound delivery truck preparing to turn right on Clovis Barker Drive.

The force of the impact caused the delivery truck to spin out and the suburban to flip over, shearing off the roof and causing the vehicle to burst into flames.

Natal died at the scene. The truck driver was transported to Central Texas Medical Center with minor injuries.

San Marcos fire and police were on the scene for most of the night working to extricate the body from the vehicle and investigate the crash.

All lanes of Texas 123 were shut down in the vicinity of the crash for much of the night.

The San Marcos Police Department’s Collision Investigation Team is investigating. This is the tenth traffic fatality in San Marcos so far this year.

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15 thoughts on “Updated: Man killed in fiery crash on Texas 123

  1. Rene was a wonderful man who had a tremendously positive influence on many young girls as the head coach and organizer of the Texas Roughrider softball team. He also coached with the San Marcos High School fall softball team and had many other voluntary commitments to a wide array of young people in not only San Marcos but the surrounding communities. We are all devastated and still in shock. He will be truly missed by many.

  2. PLEASE RECIVED OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES FROM ALL OF US FROM SKY’S AUTO SALES TO THE MOTHER YOLANDA NATAL AND THE WHOLE FAMILY .”OUR HEART GOES OUT TO ALL AND EACH ONE OF YA .

  3. I cannot say how truly sorry I am to hear this, he was a wonderful coach of mine.. He will be missed very much. He helped give me the confidence and pride in myself I didnt have. Especially on the field. He was an incredible person. We love and miss you Coach.

  4. To say the least, I was horrified to hear of Rene’s death. He was such a good man and worked so hard and for so many years with girls of all ages to better their softball skills. Rene coached our daughter for several years which meant we spent alot of time with him at practices and tournaments. It was hard to look at the picture of the wreck, but seeing those softballs reminded me that he, until the day of his death, was still doing what he loved to do. May God Bless You, Rene!

  5. The Texas Roughriders, the girls fastpitch softball organization founded and run by Coach Rene, are having a plate sale benefit to cover funeral costs on Saturday, 9/15/12 from 11 – 2 PM. The event will be held at Adams Barber Shop, 618 South Guadalupe Street #101 in San Marcos. RIP Coach Rene.

  6. Coach rene was not only a coach, but a role model. He was basically my unlce. Anything I needed, i.could call him. I was a past member of his organization. I had the honor to be coached by him for many years on a few of his teams. He knew so much about the game. Mentally, physically and spiritually. Words cannot explain what a loss this is to not only his family, but his softball family as well. I wish I had one last day to thank him for his dedication to his program, to us, and to the game. Totthank him, for all he did. I love him so much and he will be missed dearly.
    “Once a Roughrider, always a Roughrider.”<3 #50

  7. Like others have said, Rene touched many lives. Softball is not just a sport, but is a place where a lot of young girls find sanctuary, and I thank him for making that possible. I remember the first time I saw him. I was 12 and he came to watch my teammate play, and I, being on the same team, did my best to impress him. I played for him for 4 years, and have a lot of wonderful memories thanks to him. He is gone too soon, but God has received another angel.

  8. i believe the measure of a man is the impact he has on people he comes in contact with… it’s evident Rene was a Giant.
    We all lost a great coach and a great person… I lost a great friend.
    I will never step on the field without thinking of you my friend.

    Coach David

  9. He believe in me when other coaches didn’t. He knew I had potential when I though I didn’t. If it wasn’t for Coach Rene I would have gave up on softball. He will be dearly miss by all the girls especially me. I want to thank Coach Rene for everything he though me, we love you and for all the things you did for us. There will never be a coach like you.

  10. Thank you, Coach Rene, for everything you have done for our daughter, Riley. Coach Rene was the first person to see something in our daughter that not even she knew she was capable of. Thank you for helping her achieve her dreams.

    We were devastated to hear about this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Coach Rene’s family, friends, and everyone in the TX Roughriders community.

  11. NO WORDS CAN EVEN EXPRESS THE LOSS OF OUR BELOVED RENE. HE HAS BEEN A DAILY FIXTURE OF MY FAMILY’S LIVE FOR THE PAST 8 YEARS. HE WAS MORE THAN A COACH, HE WAS OUR FRIEND, MENTOR, AND FAMILY. HE TOUCHED ENDLESS LIVES OF SOFTBALL PLAYERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. HIS ULTIMATE GOAL WAS FOR THESE YOUNG LADIES WAS TO TEACH THEM THE GAME OF SOFTBALL, TO BE COMPETITIVE, HONEST, GREAT SPORTSWOMEN, DEDICATED, BUT MOST OF ALL TO LOVE THE GAME OF SOFTBALL. HERE’S TO YOU RENE, MAY YOU REST IN PEACE AND YOU ROUGHRIDERS ON FROM YOU SPOT ON THE 3RD BASE LINE. TEXAS ROUGHRIDERS…IT’S A TRADITION. LOVE SIREAH #19,GABI #19, SARAH AND KEVIN

  12. He was my friend. He had a soft heart and treated every one he met with respect and honor. My heart is broken. His death came to early and I will not forget the great man he was or the positive affect he had on my life and others lives that I knew.

  13. Man crashed into back of AUSTIN STATESMAN TRUCK and is knocked unconscious while statesman workers watch his truck catch fire for 10minutes. One worker drives over to the scene and returns before the truck suv catches a small fire. The statesman truck driver gets out and walks to the suv and knocks on the window and leaves the man inside the truck. I was an employee at the warehouse I heard the collision, we all walked outside the warehouse and could see the accident scene from about 200yrds away. The suv caught fire in the far rear of the vehicle and burned for about 15 min then it exploded. Since I was a part of the working group there, we were all waiting for the truck so it was very particular that it wrecked because we had to wait another 2 hours for another truck to show up. We sort of just went back to work, sorry I felt sorry for the guy.

  14. they made his suv look like it was totaled. it was not totaled, it was still very much in one piece and it was not even pinned. It sort of looked like it didn’t even flip, it looked like it just spinned around after crashing into the back of the Statesman truck and ended up in the middle of Clovis Barker. It was banged up but not totaled at all, you could see all the windows even the drivers window was not broken and you could see the guy like he had his seatbelt on. When it caught on fire it was in the back on the suv and you could see the torn or broken roof of the cabin, it looked like the back seat caught on fire and was burning out the window with a small flame. After it blew up then it became a big mess, then the fire dept ripped it to pieces to retrieve the body, then they took the photo of the big mess. Anyway after all this happened to your friend and the Statesman, THE AUSTIN AMERICAN Statesman reported the accident while they were also DIRECTLY LEGALLY involved IN THE ACCIDENT that caused the death of this person.

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