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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Smith County Fatal Crash – 10/1/23

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

Date & Time: 10/1/2023 & 9:05 P.M.

County: Smith

Location: State Highway 155 South, .5 miles south of FM 2661

Posted Speed Limit: 60 mph

Vehicle 1: 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Driver 1Deceased

Danica L. Maclin, female, 36 YOA of Frankston, Texas.

Seatbelt: No

Pronounced By: JP Andy Dunklin, on scene.



Vehicle 2: 2024 Freightliner Truck Tractor towing a 2013 Polar Semi-Trailer



Driver 2:

Leonard G. Ireri, male, 49 YOA of Houston, Texas.

Seatbelt: Yes

Not injured.




Preliminary investigation indicates that vehicle 2 was traveling north on State Highway 155 South, and vehicle 1 was traveling south on State Highway 155 South. The driver of vehicle 1 lost control and, crossed into the oncoming lane and collided with vehicle 2. The driver of vehicle 1 was ejected from her vehicle.

Weather Condition: Clear

Road Conditions: Dry

Investigated By: Trooper R. Wilkinson, DPS Tyler

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

Adam Albritton, Sergeant

Texas Department of Public Safety

Media & Communications / Safety Education

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