Tyler woman dies in 2-vehicle head-on collision on SH 31 East

Tyler woman dies in 2-vehicle head-on collision on SH 31 East
Source: Gray News Media (Source: Gray News Media)

Editor’s note: DPS initially incorrectly identified Patrianna Pettigrew as the driver.

SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A Tyler woman died in a two-vehicle head-on collision that occurred on State Highway 31 East late Saturday night.

According to a press release, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to and investigated the crash at about 10:42 p.m. Saturday. The wreck occurred 0n SH 31 about eight miles east of Tyler.

The driver of a Toyota was Talia Janae Smith, 20, of Tyler was transported to UT Health East Texas – Tyler in critical condition. Her passenger, identified as Patrianna Damrye Pettigrew, 18, of Tyler, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The driver lost control of the vehicle, possibly due to weather conditions, and traveled into oncoming traffic, striking a 2003 Chevrolet 1500 that was traveling east on SH-31,” the press release stated.

THS is sad to share the passing of one of our Seniors, Patrianna Pettigrew. Our hearts and prayers are with her family and friends. Counselors will be available for students on Monday.

Posted by Tyler High School - Tyler ISD on Sunday, May 2, 2021

The driver of the pickup, Logan Qualls, 18, of Winona, was also transported to UT Health East Texas for treatment of his injuries.

“The crash remains under investigation,” the press release stated.

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