DPS: Drivers identified in fatal Gregg County crash


POSTED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 6:28pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 2:00pm

Authorities have released the names of the drivers involved in a deadly Gregg County crash Tuesday.

According to Smith County Trooper Jean Dark, the wreck took place at 12:25 p.m. on the 4700 block of FM 1844, half a mile east of East Mountain. The car was struck head-on by a truck in a 3-vehicle crash.

Dark said the wreck was caused by a driver not paying attention.  A van was waiting to turn left in the westbound lane on 1884 to turn into a private drive, when a truck failed to control speed and rear-ended the car in its back left quarter panel. The truck then veered into the eastbound lane and hit a car head-on.

The driver of the car, Mattie Jones, 82, of Gilmer, was taken to a Longview hospital. She was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace B.H. Jameson at 1:41 p.m. Her body was sent to Raider Funeral Home in Longview. 

The driver of the truck was identified as Leon Gearhart, 31, of Longview. Dark said Amie Whitely, 34, of Gladewater, was driving the van.

Gearhart could faces charges, but at this point, the crash is still under investigation, said Dark.

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