Yesterday at 2:31 PM, Troopers responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on SH-37, 2.1 miles south of the city of Quitman in Wood County. Preliminary crash reporting indicates that the driver of a 1996 Dodge Ram, Laurence Dale Banks, 64, of Quitman was stopped in the southbound lane of SH-37 to turn left onto a private drive while the driver of a 1999 Plymouth Voyager, Dawson Emory Sims, 19, of Quitman was traveling south on the same roadway. Sims failed to control his speed and struck the Dodge causing both vehicles to travel into the west ditch.
Banks was transported to UT Health-Tyler in critical condition where he later died. He was pronounced by Judge Cowart.
The preliminary report does not indicate that Sims was injured or transported.
The crash remains under investigation.