A 30-year-old woman from Crowley was killed over the weekend at the Rednecks with Paychecks festival in Montague County.
Stephanie Elise Baldridge was riding with her husband, Charles, in an all-terrain vehicle Saturday at the weekend festival, held in a rural area five miles south of Saint Jo, when the vehicle got stuck in mud while coming down a hill ejecting her and her husband, said Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Carroll Johnson.
The vehicle landed on Stephanie, the passenger. Charles, the driver, sustained minor injuries, Cooke County officials said.
Johnson said calls about the accident, located on property off FM3206, started coming in around 7 p.m. Saturday.
She was transported to Muenster Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 8:15 p.m., he said.
The area was extremely muddy due to heavy rains last week, which could have attributed to their vehicle getting stuck, officials said.
According to the autopsy report from Dallas County, Stephanie’s cause of death was ruled accidental and she died from blunt force injuries.
Johnson, who described the whole incident as “terrible” said while Charles was “very distraught” he appeared to be physically OK.
Stephanie also left behind a daughter, Sawyer, according to her obituary.
Last year, 10-year-old Nicholas Torres died of multiple traumatic injuries he sustained in an all-terrain vehicle collision at the off-road event, Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham said.
Cunningham said this weekend’s death marks the second fatality since the music and off-roading festival has been held that he is aware of.
An investigation is still underway regarding Stephanie’s death, Cunningham said, because the Montague County Sheriff’s Office was unaware of the accident initially.
They found out and began their investigation on Monday, he said.
Sacred Cross EMS was the ambulance service hired to work the event and the sheriff’s office was not notified of the incident when it occured, according to Montague County officials.
The MCSO does have a command post on-site, Cunningham said, but nobody was ever told of what happened.
“We do like to go out on the initial calls with them so we can better conduct our investigation,” he said. “We usually do.”
The sheriff’s office did respond along with the ambulance during last year’s fatality, according to Cunningham.
He did say the event is held on private property so the private contractors are not required to reach out, but it’s appreciated when they do.
“It would’ve been nice to let us know what had happened,” Cunningham said.
Their accident investigation, he said, is not expected to be complete until sometime later next week.
Attempts to reach Rednecks with Paychecks for comment were unreturned as of presstime.