Patrianna Pettigrew Killed, Talia Smith Injured in Car Crash on SH 31 in Smith County

Patrianna Pettigrew Killed, Talia Smith Injured in Car Crash on SH 31 in Smith County

Patrianna Pettigrew Killed, Talia Smith Injured in Smith County Two-Vehicle Crash on State Highway 31

Smith County, Texas (May 5, 2021) – One person was killed, and two others were injured Saturday night in a two-vehicle crash in Smith County, according to the Texas DPS.

The fatal crash occurred around 10:45 p.m., May 1, on State Highway 31 E, east of Tyler.

DPS said Patrianna Damrye Pettigrew, 18, of Tyler, was driving a passenger car when she lost control of the car, possibly due to weather conditions, crossed into oncoming traffic, and crashed into a pickup truck driven by Logan Qualls, 18, of Winona.

Pettigrew was pronounced dead at the scene. She was a Tyler High School senior. Her passenger, Talia Janae Smith, 20, of Tyler, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. 

Qualls was taken to Tyler medical center in stable condition.

The crash remains under investigation. 

Common Causes of Automobile Accidents

While there are many causes of car accidents, the most common reasons of driver negligence include driver inattention; cell phone use; texting and driving; speeding; fatigue; failure to yield the right of way from a stop sign or private drive; running a red light; and driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” Attorney Joel A. Gordon said. Mr. Gordon believes that an independent investigation is important. An Attorney will help obtain the crash report, secure accident photos, interview witnesses, and create a claim.

To speak with an attorney,  Click to call: 281-943-5555.

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