1 Killed, 1 Injured in 2-Vehicle Crash on Texas 43 in Jefferson

1 Killed, 1 Injured in 2-Vehicle Crash on Texas 43 in Jefferson

1 Dies, Clarence Whitaker Injured in Jefferson Car Accident on Texas 43 near Lewis Chapel Road

Jefferson, Texas (August 25, 2019) – One person was killed and another was injured Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Jefferson, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The fatal crash was reported at about 1:40 p.m. Friday, August 23 on Texas 43, just south of Lewis Chapel Road, about 12 miles from Jefferson.

The DPS said Clarence Whitaker, 61, of Jefferson, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu northbound on Texas 43 when their vehicle was hit from behind by a Ford F-150 that was also heading northbound.

The Chevrolet then drifted off the roadway to the left and rolled multiple times before coming to a stop while the Ford veered off the road to the right where it struck a tree and burst into flames.

The Ford driver was pronounced at the scene. Whitaker was taken to Christus Good Shepard-Marshall in serious condition.

No further details were immediately available.

An investigation into the crash is underway.

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1. In some cases it may be very important to immediately begin securing evidence, including but not limited to photos of skid marks, photos of property damage, witness statements, the actual vehicle or other property involved in the incident, and other critical evidence before its disappears.
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3. Under Texas law, wrongful death actions can be brought by a spouse (husband or wife), child (son or daughter), or parent (mother or father). A claim can also be brought on behalf of the deceased estate. the statute of limitations in Texas for wrongful death is two years from the date of the incident.