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Two Killed in Accident Outside Quitman in Wood County, Texas

WOOD COUNTY (via CBS 19) – Two people died in a two-vehicle wreck near Quitman early Tuesday morning.

According to a preliminary DPS report, the accident happened just after midnight on Highway 37 in Wood County, two miles north of Quitman. James Vollie Davis, 67, was southbound on Highway 37 when, for an unknown reason, swerved into the eastbound lanes. He struck a car driven by Katherine Kay Cameron, 72, of Quitman.

Davis died at the scene. Cameron was taken to a hospital for treatment, but did not survive her injuries.

This crash remains under investigation. For more information or updates, Click Here.

Commentary: It is clear from the report that for some reason southbound vehicle swerved into the eastbound lanes and struck  Ms. Cameron’s vehicle. Mr. Davis’ actions were likely negligent. Driver’s of vehicles have a duty to maintain the vehicles that they are driving in a manner that that does pose a danger to others. Namely, maintaining their lanes of traffic, traveling at a safe speed under the circumstances, among others. The vehicle driven by Mr. Davis came over the line and struck Ms. Cameron. So, obviously there was a breach of duty. Mr. Davis may have had a medical emergency that caused him to do this, but we have very little information and in most cases where this type of accident occurs, its not a medical emergency that caused the accident, its distractions, fatigue, alcohol or animals in the road.

Therefore, Ms. Cameron’s estate will likely have claims against Mr. Davis’ estate and his insurance company. Our thoughts and prayers are with both families in this difficult time. Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult realities of life.


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