DPS: 1 killed in Smith County crash after vehicle strikes tree

DPS: 1 killed in Smith County crash after vehicle strikes tree

SMITH COUNTY, TEXAS (KLTV) - One person died in a one-vehicle crash Sunday morning in Smith County.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says a driver struck a tree and was ejected from the vehicle.

The department has released a statement on the preliminary crash investigation.

About 6:20 a.m., troopers responded to the scene of the one-vehicle crash on Texas 155 North, about half a mile north of Tyler.

A preliminary crash investigation shows Jose T. Navarro-Ortiz, 22, of Sprio, Oklahoma, was traveling north in a 2014 Dodge Ram, when for an unknown reason the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Navarro-Ortiz was unrestrained and was ejected from the vehicle.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by a justice of the peace and taken to Harmon Funeral Home in Tyler.

The crash remains under investigation.

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