Just before 11pm Saturday, Troopers responded to a vehicle fatal crash on SH-31E, approximately eight miles east of the city of Tyler in Smith County. The investigators preliminary report indicates that the driver of a 2019 Toyota Camry was traveling west on SH-31E. The driver lost control of the vehicle, possibly due to weather conditions, and traveled into oncoming traffic, striking a 2004 Chevrolet 1500 that was traveling east on SH-31E.
The driver of the Toyota was identified as 18 year old Patrianna Damrye Pettigrew, of Tyler. Pettigrew was pronounced at the scene by Judge Shamburger and was taken to Lighthouse Mortuary in Tyler. A passenger in the vehicle, identified as 20 year old Talia Janae Smith, of Tyler was transported to UT-Health East Texas – Tyler in critical condition.
The driver of the Chevrolet was identified as 18 year old Logan Qualls, of Winona. Qualls was transported to UT-Health East Texas – Tyler in stable condition.
The crash remains under investigation.