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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Van Zandt County fatal crash on September 23, 2023


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

Date & Time:  September 23, 2023, at 4:32 pm.

County: Van Zandt

Location: Farm to Market 279, 3 miles west of Edom, TX.

Posted Speed Limit: 60 MPH.

Road Condition: Dry.


Vehicle 1: 2022 Harley Davidson Motorcycle.

Driver 1:  Deceased.

Roy, Lewis Woods, 58 YOA, from Ben Wheeler, TX.

Helmet: Unknown

Pronounced by: J.P. Wade McMillan on scene.

Vehicle 2: 2012 Ford F-150.

Driver 2:

Karla Kay Coyle, 63, YOA from Brownsboro, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes

Injuries: Non-Incapacitating


Description: Preliminary investigation indicates vehicle 1 was traveling west of FM 279. Vehicle was traveling east. Vehicle 1 failed to negotiate a curve and struck Vehicle 2 in the eastbound lane. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.


Investigated by: Trooper J. Sagnibene, DPS – Canton.


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



Chris Williamson, Sergeant

Texas Department of Public Safety

Safety Education / Media & Communications

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