Fatal crash leads to citizen safety petition filed with TxDOT – Bowie News

Fatal crash leads to citizen safety petition filed with TxDOT – Bowie News

The Wise County Commissioner’s Court approved a resolution Monday calling on the Texas Department of Transportation to identify and complete immediate safety improvements at and near the intersection of U.S. Route 81/287 and County Road 2395. A citizen petition seeking changes is also being circulated.
This was the site of a fatal crash March 9 that claimed the life of Jeffrey Taylor, 44, Sunset. The Wise County Messenger reported that Taylor was killed when his 2022 FM Sierra pickup truck collided with the utility trailer of a Freightliner Cascadia semi-truck driven by Singh Lepreet, Ozone Park, New York. Taylor’s truck collided with the trailer bed at the intersection near CR 2395, just south of Punjabi Dhabba Restaurant.
This latest wreck has heightened safety concerns expressed by local residents. Quint Burks, pastor of New Vision Ministries, which is located next to the interstate interchange, told Messenger staff that this area has always been a problem, but added since the restaurant and truck stop were built north of the interchange, it has become more dangerous with many more people. Near misses. Truck traffic is causing congestion, and with limited visibility on the highway hill, locals consider this a problem point, Burks said.
A Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson told Messenger staff that the wreck is under investigation, and depending on the outcome, TxDOT will conduct a traffic and engineering study of the site to determine if additional safety measures are needed.
The county’s resolution states that this area was a “continuing hazard, particularly with respect to commercial truck traffic.” The court and the community want the area studied and improved to prevent future deaths, injuries and accidents.
The fatal crash on March 9 led to a petition and public outcry to make changes to the truck stop entrances and exits. It had more than 2,000 signatures earlier this week, the Messenger reported.
Taylor’s funeral service was held March 17 at Crossroads Church in Decatur. He was born in Houston to Raymond and Judy Taylor and graduated from Springwoods High School in 1997. He graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown with a degree in business administration in 2001. Taylor ran his own audio, video and lighting production company, Taylor Pro Audio, which worked With churches, businesses and events throughout Texas and surrounding states. Taylor also served as Director of Operations at Petra Coatings.
The 44-year-old and his wife Sarah have made their home in the Sunset area, with their two children Callum and Evan. His parents, Raymond and Judy Taylor, reside in Alford with other family members.

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