Family speaks out after tragic accident kills Marine

Family speaks out after tragic accident kills Marine

GRAND SALINE, TX (KLTV) - After a tragic accident, a Marine was laid to rest in June, and now, his family is speaking out about the mistake that could have been avoided.

"Mom called and I answered, and she said, 'We have an emergency. Your dad has been hit while he was on his tractor.' Anyone who knew my dad would know he would not want to be kept alive by artificial means," said Rex Hood's daughter, Stacia Lankford.

On June 4th, 75-year-old Rex Hood was hit by oncoming traffic, while mowing his lawn off County Road 1818.

"The driver said, 'I wasn't paying attention, and I don't even know how fast I was going,'" Lankford said. "He just wasn't able to get off the tractor fast enough."

Hood was flown to Dallas, where he stayed on life support for two days.

"His best friends from high school, his Marine Corps buddies, and all of the people who are dear to him were able to say goodbye," Lankford said.

According to his family, Hood was never one to chastise someone for a mistake.

"If my dad were here, he would have sat the young man down and said, 'What can I do to help you? Let's figure this out," Lankford said.

The Hood family believes that after a tragedy comes, an opportunity for change arises.

"That law needs to be changed; to say that if there is no posted speed limit sign, you can go 60 miles an hour, that is a reckless and dangerous law," Lankford said.

The Hood family says they are now advocating to change speed limits on county roads.

They are working with an attorney and elected officials.

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