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Number of Vehicles in Crash: 2             Number of Injured: 2                    Number killed: 1


Date & Time: 10/29/2022 & 5:40 A.M.


County: Smith


Location: State Highway 31, 6 miles east of Tyler, Texas


Posted Speed Limit: 70 mph


Vehicle 1: 2021 Toyota Prius


Vehicle 2: 2016 Chevrolet Cruze



Driver 1

Haley C. O’Brien, female, 23 YOA of Bullard, Texas.

Seatbelt: Yes

Non-incapacitating injuries, treated and released on scene



Driver 2:

Justin M. Tracey, male, 28 YOA of Flint, Texas.

Seatbelt: No

Non-incapacitating injuries, treated and released on scene


Pedestrian: Deceased

James E. Young, male, 59 YOA of Longview, Texas

Pronounced By: Dr. Louis Fernandez of UT Health Hospital in Tyler, Texas at 7:50 A.M.




Preliminary investigation indicates that vehicle 1 was traveling westbound on State Highway 31. Vehicle 2 was traveling eastbound on State Highway 31. The pedestrian was walking in the westbound lane when vehicle 1 struck him, after the initial collision the pedestrian was struck by vehicle 2.



Weather Condition: Clear


Road Conditions: Wet


Investigated By: Trooper Jordan Duffey, DPS Tyler


A preliminary crash report will be available for purchase online in 10 days. Link:



Sergeant Adam Albritton

Texas Department of Public Safety

Safety Education / Media & Communications

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