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Woman Killed in Collision with Semi Driven by Inmate

Jonathan Hernandez9 months ago

A Texas woman was killed in head-on collision with semi-truck that was being driven by inmate Monday afternoon. Authorities are investigating the incident.

Details about the Fatal Accident Involving the Inmate

According to KWTX News out of Woodway, Texas, a woman in Falls County was killed in a head-on collision with a semi-truck that was being driven by a state prison inmate.

The accident occurred at around 5:10 p.m. on Monday. The victim, 43-year-old Brandice Ray Garrett of Mexia, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Garrett was headed east on Highway 7, when the inmate, 47-year-old Venson Williams, travelling west, attempted to pass a slower vehicle.

The crash remains under investigation.

About the Inmate

The inmate, a prison trusty, earned his commercial trucking license through a vocational program while in prison in 2009. After his release on parole, Williams worked as a driver, but was reincarcerated in December of 2014, where he continued to drive for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Agency spokesperson Jason Clark said that Williams has not had any history of accidents while hauling freight for the agency. Clark also said that it’s normal for inmates to earn their vocational licenses while in prison and drive for the agency.

The accident is still under review, and any decisions to charge the driver will fall to the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

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