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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Cherokee County Fatal Crash on SH 135

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

Date & Time: January 14, 2024, at 3:00 am.

County: Cherokee

Location: State Highway 135, 6 miles northeast of Troup, TX.

Posted Speed Limit: 60 MPH.

Road Condition: Dry.


Vehicle 1: 2017 Chevrolet Pickup.

Driver 1: Deceased

Miguel Mendez, 23 YOA, from Jacksonville, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes

Pronounced by: J.P. Phillip Grimes on scene.


Description: Preliminary investigation indicates vehicle 1 was traveling north on SH 135. Vehicle 1 failed to drive in a single lane, crossed the southbound lane, into the ditch, struck a tree, and caught fire. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.


Investigated by: Trooper D. Lowery, DPS – Jacksonville.


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



Chris Williamson, Sergeant

Texas Department of Public Safety

Safety Education / Media & Communications

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