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Number of Vehicles in Crash: 2               Number of Injured: 2                    Number killed: 2

Date & Time: 1/13/2022  4:24 PM

County: Gregg

Location: SH 149, approximately three miles southeast of Lakeport, TX.

Posted Speed Limit: 60 mph


Vehicle 1: 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Vehicle 2: 2015 Nissan Versa

Driver 1:

Hayden M. Malone, male, 21 YOA, of Tyler, TX.

Transported to: Christus Good Shepard – Longview, where he was medically cleared and released into the custody of investigators.

Seatbelt: Yes

Driver 2:

Mercedes D.  Cole, female, 24 YOA, of Longview, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes

Passenger: Alan Jasso Cerna, 26 YOA, of Longview, TX.

Transported to: Christus Good Shepard – Longview in serious condition.

Seatbelt: Yes

Passenger:  Female,  7 YOA, of Longview

Seatbelt: Yes

Passenger: Female,  4 YOA, of Longview

Transported to: Care flight to Ochsner LSU Hospital in Shreveport, LA with critical injuries.

Seatbelt: No

Passenger Deceased: Male, 2 YOA, of Longview

Transported to: Care flight to Ochsner LSU Hospital in Shreveport, LA.

Pronounced by: Hospital officials 1/15/2022

Seatbelt: Yes

Passenger: Deceased Male, 5 months old, of Longview

Transported to: Christus Good Shepard – Longview, later flown to Dallas Children’s Hospital – Dallas. Pronounced by hospital official’s 1/18/2022

Seatbelt: Yes


Preliminary investigation indicates Unit 2 was traveling south in the inside lane, turn signal activated, preparing to turn left into the private lot of the Dollar General store on SH 149.  The driver of Unit 1, also traveling south, struck Unit 2.  Driver of Unit was arrested for two counts of Intoxication Assault – Felony (TXPC 49.07)  and two counts of Intoxication Manslaughter – Felony (TXPC 49.08) and transported to the Gregg County Jail.  Agents from TABC TRACE Unit are actively investigating along with Department of Public Safety Troopers. Gregg County Sheriff’s Office as well as Gregg County District Attorney’s Office aided in the investigation.

Weather Condition: Clear

Road Conditions: Dry

Investigated By: Trooper Justin Craig and Trooper Michael Blackwell,  DPS Longview

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