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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – 11.18.2023 Fatality Crash in Cooke County

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

Date & Time: November 18, 2023, at 12:01 p.m.

County: Cooke.

Location: I-35, just north of the Travel Center.

Posted Speed Limit: 75 MPH.

Road Condition: Dry.


Vehicle 1: 2005 Kia Rio.

Driver 1: Deceased.

Irene Halstied, 51-YOA from Oklahoma City, OK.

Seatbelt: Yes

Pronounced by: Gainesville EMS at the scene.


Lanita Brown, 57-YOA from Oklahoma City, OK.

Seatbelt: Yes

Non-incapacitating injuries: transported to Medical City Denton, in Denton, TX.


Description: Preliminary investigation indicates vehicle 1 was traveling southbound when it veered into the median, rolled over, and stopped in the northbound lanes. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.


Investigated by: Trooper B. Haverkamp, DPS – Gainesville.


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



Josue “Tony” De La Cerda, Sergeant

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