Details of the Fatal Accident
According to DPS Troopers, James Grice, 32, was traveling east on Highway 158 when he failed to control speed and hit a 2007 Cub Cadet that was attempting to turn left onto a lease road.
Grice was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and was fatally injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Both passengers of the Cadet were taken to Midland Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The accident occurred on State Highway 158, about 17 miles west of Garden City Thursday morning. Investigations into the accident are ongoing.
Texas Auto Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
- 3,408 traffic-related fatalities were recorded in 2013, marking a .26 percent decrease from the 3,417 deaths recorded in 2012.
- Still, motor vehicle accidents in Texas claimed the life of one person every 2 hours and 34 minutes.
- TxDOT found that more than percent of all traffic fatalities occurred in rural areas of the state.
- An additional 232,599 people were injured I traffic fatalities in 2012, with 16,807 people reported serious injuries.