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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Cherokee County Fatal Crash December 8 2023

Number of Vehicles in Crash: 3            Number of Injured: 6                    Number Killed: 2

Date & Time: December 08, 2023, at 4:08 pm.

County: Cherokee

Location: US Highway 175, 8 miles north of Jacksonville, TX.

Posted Speed Limit: 70 MPH.

Road Condition: Dry.

 

Vehicle 1: 2012 Chevrolet Silverado.

Driver 1: Deceased

David Blakeney, 69 YOA, from Jacksonville, TX.

Seatbelt: No

Pronounced by: J.P. Rodney Wallace on scene.

Vehicle 2: 2022 Honda Accord.

Driver 2: Deceased.

Antonio Santana III, 23 YOA, from Little Elm, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes

Pronounced by: J.P. Rodney Wallace on scene.

Passenger:

Jazmin Macias, 24 YOA, from Little Elm, TX

Seatbelt: No

Transported to UT Main Hospital, Tyler, TX

Passenger:

Evelyn Santana, 1 YOA, from Little Elm, TX

Seatbelt: Yes

Transported to Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Vehicle 3:  2022 Toyota Corolla

Driver 3:

Kimberly Wilkins, 22 YOA, from Laredo, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes

Transported to UT Main Hospital, Tyler, TX

Passenger:

Kenton Holman, 38 YOA, from Laredo, TX

Seatbelt: Unknown

Transported to UT Main, Tyler, TX

Passenger:

Zuhniwy Arrendando, 1 YOA, from Laredo, TX

Seatbelt: Yes

Transported to UT Main, Tyler, TX

Passenger:

Joaquin Wilkins, 6 YOA, from Laredo, TX

Seatbelt: Yes

Transported to UT Main, Tyler, TX

 

Description: Preliminary investigation indicates vehicle 1 was traveling north on US 175. Vehicle 2 and Vehicle 3 were traveling South on US 175. Vehicle 1 veered into the south lane of US 175, striking Vehicle 2, then Vehicle 3. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.

 

Investigated by: Trooper L. Sullivan, DPS – Tyler.

 

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

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

 

Chris Williamson, Sergeant

Texas Department of Public Safety

Safety Education / Media & Communications

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