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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Bowie County Fatality Traffic Crash March 14, 2024

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

Date & Time: March 14, 2024, at 8:12 pm.

County: Bowie

Location: FM 561, 5 Miles northwest of Simms, TX.

Posted Speed Limit: 60 MPH.

Road Condition: Dry.


Vehicle 1: 2016 Subaru Forester

Driver 1: Deceased

Richard Edward Stahl, 63-YOA, from Simms, TX.

Seatbelt: No

Pronounced by Justice of the Peace, Hankins, on scene.


Description: Preliminary investigation indicates vehicle 1 was traveling west on FM 561 and failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and exited the road and struck a tree.  The driver was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased on scene.

Investigated by: Trooper S. Foster, DPS – Texarkana.


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



Ethan Sartor

Sergeant- Texas Department of Public Safety

Safety Education/Media Communications

Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin,Hopkins,Lamar, Morris, Red River, Titus

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