Charles Kenneth Gibbs was pronounced dead at the scene, about 10 miles from Gilmer, by Upshur County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Lyle Potter at 7:15 p.m., the DPS said.
The injured, identified as Noe Paz-Aquillon, 26, of Daingerfield, and Carol Gibbs, 56, were taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, he with incapacitating injuries and she with non-incapacitating injuries, the department reported. Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd told The Mirror on Tuesday morning that Paz-Aquillon was still hospitalized, and that no charges had been filed in connection with the crash “as of this time.”
The 6:25 p.m. crash occurred some .2 of a mile west of Periwinkle Road when a 2004 Toyota 4Runner driven by Charles Gibbs collided with the 2000 Infiniti QX4 driven by Paz-Aquillon, the DPS said.
A DPS spokeswoman in Tyler said the Gibbses were headed southwest and Paz-Aquillon was headed northeast when Paz-Aquillon’s vehicle crossed the center line.
Carol Gibbs was a front-seat passenger in the Toyota, according to investigating DPS Trooper Jonathan Anderson’s report which was filed in the department’s Gilmer office.. She and Charles Gibbs were wearing safety belts and the vehicle’s air bag deployed, Anderson’s report said.
The report did not show whether Paz-Aquillon was wearing a safety belt, and said it was unknown whether his air bag deployed.
The crash was not only the first fatal traffic accident in Upshur County in 2014, but the first in several months.