Number of Vehicles in Crash: 3 Number of Injured: 4 Number Killed: 1
Date & Time: October 5, 2023, at 7:52 p.m.
Location: FM-51, 5.7 miles northeast of Decatur, TX.
Posted Speed Limit: 70 MPH.
Road Condition: Dry.
Vehicle 1: 2019 Volkswagen Beetle.
Kelley Rodenas, 57-YOA from Krum, TX.
Vehicle 2: 2020 Ram 2500
Josiah Lloyd, 21-YOA from Alvord, TX.
Jon-Narc Lloyd, 20-YOA from Alvord, TX.
Vehicle 3: 2017 Buick Encore.
Driver 3: Deceased.
Marilyn Starke, 72-YOA from Decatur, TX.
Pronounced deceased at Wise Health System.
Donna Aldridge, 57-YOA from Dallas, TX.
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
Josue “Tony” De La Cerda, Sergeant
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