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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Navarro County Fatal crash on SH 31, October 23, 2023

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

Date & Time: October 23, 2023, at 1:00 am.

County: Navarro

Location: State Highway 31, .1 miles east of Powell, TX.

Posted Speed Limit: 60 MPH.

Road Condition: Dry.


Vehicle 1: 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe.

Driver 1: Deceased

Craig Elton Jennings, 48 YOA, from Athens, TX.

Seatbelt: Unknown

Pronounced by:  J.P Jackie Freeland on Scene.

Passenger: Deceased

Meranda Nichole Griffin, 28 YOA from Athens, TX

Seatbelt: Unknown

Pronounced by:  J.P Jackie Freeland on Scene.


Description: Preliminary investigation indicates vehicle 1 was traveling east on SH 31 and failed to drive in a single lane, traveling off the south side of the roadway striking a tree. Vehicle 1 caught fire after the collision. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.


Investigated by: Trooper M. Turner, DPS – Corsicana.


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



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Chris Williamson, Sergeant

Texas Department of Public Safety

Safety Education / Media & Communications

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