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12/29/05-Trinity County

Sheriff's Deputy Killed In Crash En Route To Call

A Trinity County Sheriff's deputy has been killed in a one-car accident while he was heading to a call. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

DPS says 42 year-old Deputy Lester Dewayne Tatum was running with lights and his siren down FM 355 south of Groveton around 7:00 p.m. last night.  Trinity County Sheriff Jimmy Smith tells us Tatum lost control of his cruiser in a sharp curve and struck a tree. He died at the scene. 

Sheriff Smith says he was heading to a call in the Carlisle community, and the DPS report doesn't say whether speed was a factor. Funeral arrangements for Tatum are pending.

Morgan Palmer, reporting. morganpalmer@kltv.com

 

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