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One Dead, Two Injured in Coke County Accident

Destiny Baker3 years ago

One man is dead and a mother and son are injured following a two vehicle accident along Highway 158 roughly nine miles west of Robert Lee.

About the Fatal Coke County Crash

According to San Angelo LIVE!, motorist Timothy Lavern Lange, 56, was treveling eastbound on Highway 158 in a 2003 Nissan Xterra when he drifted of the side of the road and into the ditch.

Lange then overcorrected his vehicle, re-entering the roadway and crossed into the westbound lane. A 1997 Ford Expedition attempted to avoid Lavern but was struck by the Xterra and forced off the road.

Lange overcorrected once more, causing the Xterra to veer back to the right, skid and roll over. Lange was pronounced dead at the scene.

The passengers of the Expedition, Carolyn Hatten Harding, 41, and her 4-year-old son Riley, were rushed via ambulance to Shannon Medical Center.

Authorities are still investigating the accident.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

  • The Texas Department of Transportation recorded 3,399 traffic related fatalities in 2012 – up 10.82 percent from 3,067 in 2011.
  • Additionally, another 230,506 people were injured in traffic collisions with 87,087 people sustaining a serious injury.
  • 55.7 percent of the recorded traffic fatalites were recorded in rural areas, and 533 deaths were linked to head-on collisions.
  • Using available data, the Texas DOT was able to conclude that:
    • One person was killed in a traffic accident every 2 hours and 35 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 2 minutes and 17 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occured every 75 seconds.


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