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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – 10.5.2023 Fatality Crash in Wise County

Number of Vehicles in Crash: 3            Number of Injured: 4                    Number Killed: 1

Date & Time: October 5, 2023, at 7:52 p.m.

County: Wise.

Location: FM-51, 5.7 miles northeast of Decatur, TX.

Posted Speed Limit: 70 MPH.

Road Condition: Dry.

 

Vehicle 1: 2019 Volkswagen Beetle.

Driver 1:

Kelley Rodenas, 57-YOA from Krum, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes

Stable injuries.

Vehicle 2: 2020 Ram 2500

Driver 2:

Josiah Lloyd, 21-YOA from Alvord, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes.

Non-incapacitating injuries.

Passenger:

Jon-Narc Lloyd, 20-YOA from Alvord, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes.

Non-incapacitating injuries.

Vehicle 3: 2017 Buick Encore.

Driver 3: Deceased.

Marilyn Starke, 72-YOA from Decatur, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes.

Pronounced deceased at Wise Health System.

Passenger:

Donna Aldridge, 57-YOA from Dallas, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes.

Critical injuries.

 

 

Description: Preliminary investigation indicates vehicles 1 and 2 were traveling northbound on FM-51, vehicle 1 behind vehicle 2. Vehicle 3 was traveling southbound on FM-51. Driver 1 passed vehicle 2 unsafely and struck the back left of vehicle 2 and the front left of vehicle 3. Post-impact, vehicle 1 came to rest on the roadway, vehicle 2 came to rest in the bar-ditch, and vehicle 3 came to rest overturned in the bar-ditch. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.

 

Investigated by: Trooper E. Atkins, DPS – Decatur.

 

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

https://cris.dot.state.tx.us/public/Purchase/CrashReportSearch.htm           

 

 

Josue “Tony” De La Cerda, Sergeant

Media and Communications/ Safety Education

Drug Recognition Expert

Texas Department of Public Safety

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