TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Rusk County Fatal Crash 2/26/23
Number of Vehicles in Crash: 1 Number of Injured:0 Number killed: 1
Date & Time: 2/26/2023 & 12:55 A.M.
Location: State Highway 42, 4 miles south of Kilgore, Texas
Posted Speed Limit: 60 mph
Vehicle 1: 2010 Ford F-150
Driver 1: Deceased
Fernando Baldazo, male, 22 YOA of Kilgore, Texas.
Pronounced By: Steven French, a paramedic with Christus Mother Frances, on scene
Preliminary investigation indicates that vehicle 1 was traveling south on State Highway 42 approaching a slight curve in the roadway. The driver of vehicle 1 failed to drive in a single lane and drifted off the roadway and attempted to overcorrect back onto the roadway causing vehicle 1 to collide into a tree.
Weather Condition: Clear
Road Conditions: Dry
Investigated By: Trooper Ramirez, DPS Henderson
A preliminary crash report will be available for purchase online in 10 days. Link: https://cris.dot.state.tx.us/public/Purchase/crashReportSearch.htm
Adam Albritton, Sergeant
Texas Department of Public Safety
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