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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – 2.2.2024 Fatality Crash in Cooke County

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

Date & Time: February 2, 2024, at 3:56 p.m.

County: Cooke.

Location: FM-1630, west of FM-1198.

Posted Speed Limit: 55 MPH.

Road Condition: Wet.


Vehicle 1: 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe.

Driver 1: Deceased.

Shirley Jean Freeman, 56-YOA from Forestburg, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes

Pronounced at the scene by Justice of the Peace Jody Henry.

Vehicle 2: 2021 Dodge Ram.

Driver 2:

James Alan Mulder, 54-YOA from Forestburg, TX.

Seatbelt: No

Transported to Medical City Denton with critical injuries.

Passenger: Deceased.

Karen Weiss Mulder, 52-YOA from Forestburg, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes.

Pronounced at the scene by Justice of the Peace Jody Henry.

Description: Preliminary investigation indicates that vehicle 1 was traveling eastbound when it veered off the roadway. The driver of vehicle 1 overcorrected, causing the vehicle to cross into the westbound lane and strike vehicle 2 head-on. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.


Investigated by: Trooper M. Linnell, 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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