A Hopkins County woman was killed Monday afternoon as a result of a two-vehicle collision north of Sulphur Springs. Jessica Coker, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup, who has ordered an autopsy be conducted, as is standard procedure in a fatal crash, according to Sulphur Springs Police Lt. Jay Sanders.
The crash was first reported to city emergency dispatchers at about 2:20 p.m. Monday Sulphur Springs Police and Fire departments, Texas Department of Public Safety, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Transportation and Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services personnel responded at the location.
Jessica Coker was said to have been traveling north on State Highway 19 in a 1995 Pontiac Grand Am. A man in a 2002 Peterbuilt rock-hauler was traveling south on SH 19. As the vehicles neared each other just north of Airport Road, the Grand Am veered into the southbound lane. Officials Tuesday morning were still unclear why the car veered into the other lane, according to Sanders.
One side of the front of the car made contact with one side of the front of the rock hauler, a “headlight to headlight” wreck officers call it. At some point the car also overturned. Debris from the impact was scattered over the roadway. Officials remained at the location until about 5 p.m. investigating the wreck and clearing off the roadway, police noted.
Coker was killed. The man driving the rock hauler was said not to have suffered any major injuries as result of the crash, according to Sanders.
The crash investigation is being conducted by SSPD, assisted by DPS and HCSO.
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