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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Van Zandt County Fatal Crash 1/21/23

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

Date & Time: 1/21/2023 & 6:50 P.M.

County: Van Zandt

Location: State Highway 243, 5 miles west of Canton, Texas

Posted Speed Limit: 70 mph

Vehicle 1: 2019 Nissan Sentra

Vehicle 2: 2022 Dodge Ram 2500

Driver 1Deceased

Jennifer L. Johnson, female, 42 YOA of Canton, Texas.

Seatbelt: No

Pronounced By: EMT / Paramedic – Tyler Wilson, on scene at 7:43 P.M.


Albert C. McBride, male, 44 YOA of Canton, Texas

Seatbelt: Yes

Incapacitating Injuries: Transported to CHRISTUS Main Hospital, Tyler, Texas



Driver 2:

Jose E. Rincon Juarez, male, 37 YOA of Kaufman, Texas.

Seatbelt: Yes

No injuries reported



Efren Rincon, male, 16 YOA of Kaufman, Texas

Seatbelt: No

No injuries reported



Preliminary investigation indicates that vehicle 2 was traveling west on State Highway 243. Vehicle 1 was facing north attempting to turn east onto State Highway 243 from County Road 2501. Vehicle 1 made a wide right turn entering the westbound lane of travel. Vehicle 1 overcorrected back into the eastbound lane at the same time vehicle 2 was attempting to avoid vehicle 1. Vehicle 2 collided into vehicle 1 with the front right side and both vehicles came to a stop just south of State Highway 243.

Weather Condition: Clear

Road Conditions: Dry

Investigated By: Trooper A. Jones, DPS Canton

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

Adam Albritton, Sergeant

Texas Department of Public Safety

Safety Education / Media & Communications

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