About the Falls County Fatal Accident
The crash occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday on Highway 7, about five miles west of Kosse, Texas. A 2003 Dodge pickup truck with four occupants appears to have driven off the right side of the road for unknown reasons. The driver of the vehicle overcorrected before driving into a ditch on the opposite side of the road before striking a tree.
Two people were killed in the crash. The victims have been identified as John Patrick Stewart and Laura Onwudinati. Two other vehicle occupants were injured in the crash. WFAA says Jacob Travis Hale, the driver of the vehicle, is in fair condition. Taylor Ritzi was transported to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas where she is listed in very critical condition.
Baylor University has identified all four involved in the crash as having ties to the university. The group was traveling to Baton Rouge, Louis. to attend ClarinetFest when the crash happened.
Texas Car Accident Statistics
According to statistics provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), in 2013:
- Single-vehicle, run-off the road crashes resulted in 1,333 fatalities. Those deaths accounted for 39.47 percent of all traffic fatalities in Texas that year.
- A total of 3,377 deaths occurred as a result of traffic accidents in Texas.
- 232,041 persons sustained injuries in traffic crashes in Texas; 89,270 of those injuries were considered serious.
- No deathless days occurred on Texas roadways in 2013.