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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Henderson County Fatal Crash on May 31, 2023

Number of Vehicles in Crash:  3           Number of Injured:  0               Number Killed: 1


Date & Time: 05/31/2023 at 3:06 PM.

County: Henderson.

Location: State Highway 19, one mile south of Athens, Texas.

Posted Speed Limit60 mph.

Weather Condition: Cloudy.

Road Conditions: Dry.


Vehicle 12005 Chevrolet Uplander.

Driver 1: Deceased.

Gerald Patrick Rist, male, 59 YOA from Dallas, Texas.

Seatbelt: Yes.

Pronounced by: Justice of the Peace, Milton Adams, on scene.

Vehicle 2: 2016 Chevrolet Silverado

Driver 2:

Andrew Austin Scott, male, 24 YOA from Log Cabin, Texas.

Seatbelt: Yes.

Vehicle 3: 2014 Ford Escape

Driver 3:

Alyssa Bailey Jennings, female, 16 YOA from Athens, Texas.

Seatbelt: Yes.



Preliminary investigation indicates Vehicle 3 was travelling south on SH 19 behind Vehicle 1. Vehicle 2 was traveling north on SH 19. Vehicle 1 traveled into the northbound lane, striking Vehicle 2. After first collision Vehicle 3 struck Vehicle 1. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.

Investigated By: Trooper J. Sparkman DPS Athens


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




Sergeant Christopher Williamson

Texas Department of Public Safety

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