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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Cherokee County Fatal Crash on July 22, 2023 on US 69

Number of Vehicles in Crash: 2            Number of Injured: 0                   Number Killed: 1

Date & Time: 07/22/2023 at 5:50 AM.

County: Cherokee.

Location: US Highway 69, 4 miles North of Jacksonville, Texas.

Posted Speed Limit: 70 mph.

Weather Condition: Clear.

Road Conditions: Dry.

Vehicle 1: 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe.

Driver 1:

Melanie Renee Reyes, female, 36 YOA from Jacksonville, Texas.

Seatbelt: Yes.

No injuries reported.

Vehicle 2: Bicycle

Driver 2: Deceased.

Derrick Wayne Steele, male, 49 YOA from Jacksonville, Texas.

Helmet: No.

Pronounced by: Justice of the Peace, Brenda Dominey, on scene.



Preliminary investigation indicates Vehicle 1 was traveling north on US 69. Vehicle 2, a bicycle, was also traveling north on US 69. Vehicle 1 struck Vehicle 2. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.

Investigated By: Trooper G. Polyard- DPS Jacksonville

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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