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Store clerk arrested in connection with wreck that killed 4 members of law enforcement motorcycle club

Ranelle Diane Welch accused of selling liquor to intoxicated man later involved in fatal crash near Kerrville

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has arrested a woman who allegedly sold alcohol to an intoxicated man accused of killing 4 members of a law enforcement motorcycle club in Kerr County.

Ranelle Diane Welch was working at a Dollar General store in Center Point around noon on July 18 when she sold beer to Ivan Robles Navejas.  Investigators believe the 28-year-old man from Center Point was already intoxicated when Welch sold him the alcohol.  A short time later,  Navejas reportedly crossed the center line  on Highway 16 near Kerrville and collided with members of the Thin Blue Line Motorcycle Club. Three riders were pronounced dead on the scene and a fourth victim died several days later. Several others were injured.

“This is an extremely tragic case which may have been avoided if this individual was prevented from purchasing additional alcohol beverages prior to the crash,” TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. “TABC will hold accountable all businesses and employees who may have contributed to this case by illegally selling alcohol.”

The 37-year-old store clerk surrendered Thursday to Kerr County authorities. Welch is charged with Sale to Certain Person, which is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Navejas was arrested after the crash on charges of intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.  He’s a former foreign student who has  been in the country illegally since he lost his temporary residence status last year.


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