Fatal accident leaves 2 dead in Fannin Co.

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

HONEY GROVE, Tex. -- A two-car crash in Honey Grove leaves a Paris couple dead. It happened just after noon Monday.

Both Honey Grove police and State Troopers responded to the wreck at 10th Street and U.S. Highway 82. Police say Anthony West was driving a white sedan westboung on Highway 82 when it spun out and was hit by a semi truck headed eastbound.

West and his wife Deborah were killed in the accident.

Charles Neeley, who lives near where the accident occurred, described the scene.

"I just heard a big boom and came out to see what happened. I see a truck in a ditch down there, pieces of car in highway out there. I run down there to see if the driver was ok. He done climbed out and was fine but people in the car… I couldn't say...they didn't make it."

Honey Grove police say they are still investigating the accident.

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  • by Anonomous Location: Paris on Aug 3, 2007 at 05:22 PM
    One post questioned whether they may have had their cruise control on. I have read where it is very dangerous to drive with your cruise on in the rain or on wet roads, please always remember this. And Driving 70 miles per hour is way too fast and dangerous when it is raining. May Yahweh touch and comfort family and friends.
  • by Anonomous Location: Paris on Aug 1, 2007 at 11:46 PM
    I'm tired of reading comments about people speeding. This was a terrible accident and everyone assumes they were speeding, but when the investigation is over with i bet they weren't. Accidents happen and this accident happened for a reason. Let's all pray for Anthony and Deborah's family and co-workers.I know everyone at PRMC are having a hard time, everyone there is like family, and Anthony and Deborah will be dearly missed.
  • by Brooke Location: Paris on Aug 1, 2007 at 09:17 PM
    Thank you all for your prayers and comments, but there are a few things i would like to say...They were not speeding, the police reports state both speeds of vehicles were going 70. Even if you go under the speed limit its still a probability that you could hydroplane if your car hits the water just right. This was a freak accident and it was just their time to go. God bless all of you...the daughter
  • by JLB Location: Paris on Aug 1, 2007 at 08:20 PM
    I worked with this couple at the local hospital. They will be greatly missed. My heart and prayers go out to their children. This violent sudden death is no way to loose your parents. May God give them the strength they are going to need during this time of loss and nightmare.
  • by Debbie Location: Sherman on Jul 31, 2007 at 10:09 PM
    Mary, the fact that your brother drives 80 MPH or more is not because there are never police on Hwy 82 (which there are), it's because he's being stupid and breaking the law. Speed limits are set for a reason. Anyone driving 80 MPH or more are not only risking their own lives, but the innocent lives of everyone else on that highway. He drives that fast because he chooses to. Whether there are any patrol cars on the highway or not does not take away his responsiblity to do the right thing and follow the speed limits. You're not supposed to obey the traffic laws only when a cop is around. You're supposed to be responsible enough to obey the laws all the time whether you're being supervised or not.
  • by Mary Location: Sherman on Jul 31, 2007 at 04:55 PM
    I do have the family in my prayers and you're right we should assume that anyone was speeding. Things happen even when we're doing the right thing. It just bothers me hearing about all these wrecks. I guess I hear about at least one every day. I just took my 15 year old daughter to get her driving permit today. Although she won't drive alone for about another 6 or 8 months which will be after her 16th birthday it still scares me. I just hate the thought of it one day being my child I hear about on the news. I can't even guess what's it's like to lose someone you love to something like this. If the family is reading this just know you are all in my prayers.
  • by Penny Location: Pottsboro on Jul 31, 2007 at 12:17 PM
    I drive on this highway 5 days a week. I always see highway patrolmen out there. One thing I want to say is that when it rains, this highway is terrible. It seems the water stays on the highway in too many places making it hazardous to drive. I never speed. I always go slow when it is raining, and it's still dangerous.
  • by anonomous Location: paris on Jul 31, 2007 at 12:16 PM
    lets not blame this on speed or the hwy patrol lets just mourn the loss of the loved ones my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and i drive this road all the times and the hwy patrols are out you can bet . Good job to all the safety crews
  • by C.B. Location: honey grove on Jul 31, 2007 at 10:40 AM
    hwy 82 is not a bad place to drive, people speed and drive without thinking. Pass in no passing. they get impatient. Cops do patrol the hwy all the time. I allways see them. This was a freak accident....not caused by a bad hwy..things happen all the time. my heart and prayers go out to Anthony and Deborah West and their famalies that have suffered their loss. Along with the poor guy that has to live with the guilt of hitting them. May God bless them all
  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2007 at 10:18 AM
    I would ask that everyone pray for the family of the couple killed. I know this was a horrible shock to their families and their children. And it is a shame that everyone is assuming that they were speeding. He may have been going less than the speed limit, but due to the heavy rain, he hydraplaned. But no matter the circumstances, when it is your time to go it's your time to go. But this should be a lesson to ALL people who speed on highways. There is a reason for speed limits....follow the limits!!!
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