TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Smith County Fatal
Number of Vehicles in Crash: 1 Number of Injured:1 Number killed: 1
Date & Time: 4/7/2023 & 12:15 P.M.
Location: FM 850, 5 miles east of Tyler, Texas
Posted Speed Limit: 55 mph
Vehicle 1: 2019 Nissan Sentra
Ronald J. Williams, male, 62 YOA of Overton, Texas.
Incapacitating injuries: transported to UT Health Hospital in Tyler, Texas
Velva V. Arnold, female, 50 YOA of Overton, Texas.
Pronounced By: Dr. Scott Norwood of UT Health Hospital in Tyler, Texas at 12:55 P.M.
Preliminary investigation indicates that vehicle 1 was traveling west on FM 850. Vehicle 1 drifted off the roadway and collided into a tree on the front side.
Weather Condition: Raining
Road Conditions: Wet
Investigated By: Trooper C. Loftin, DPS Tyler
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
Safety Education / Media & Communications
Coverage Area: Smith, Rains, Wood, Camp, Upshur,
Gregg, Marion, Harrison and Panola counties.