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Deputy Constable Killed in Panola Co. Collision

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

The Panola County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office has announced that a deputy constable was killed in an off-duty auto accident Wednesday morning.

About the Panola County Crash

“He will certainly be missed. He had an office here, and I will miss some mornings when we would drink coffee together.” – Panola County Chief Deputy John DePresca as published by the Longview News-Journal

KETK reports that Deputy Constable Byron McMillen, 63, died in an auto accident around 7:00 am Wednesday morning.

McMillen was traveling along Highway 79 near Fair Play, Texas, between Henderson and Carthage, when the fatal accident occurred.

During his time in Panola County, McMillen worked with precincts 1 and 4. He previously worked as a reserve deputy for the PCSO between 1984 and 2012 before retiring as a captain and becoming a deputy constable.

Details concerning the accident have not been released.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,377 people were killed in auto accidents in 2013. This marked a 1.05 percent decrease from the 3,413 deaths recorded in 2012.
  • An additional 232,041 people were injured due in traffic collisions with 89,270 people sustaining serious injury.
  • Based on available crash data, TxDOT reports:
    • One person was killed in an auto accident in Texas every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.


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