Driver killed in U.S. 380 accident

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Authorities say Aubrey man was on Fishtrap Road, didn’t yield

A 58-year-old Aubrey man was killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 380.

Jay Sheen Wright, 58, was pronounced dead at a Denton hospital at 9:10 a.m., said Bill Mills, a forensic death investigator for Denton County.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the accident, which happened at 8:11 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 380 and Fishtrap Road, DPS spokesman Lonny Haschel said.

A white 2001 Chevrolet pickup, driven by 34-year-old Farmersville resident Douglas T. Stowe, was traveling west on U.S. 380 while Wright’s silver 2007 Honda minivan was headed south on Fishtrap Road, authorities said.

For an undetermined reason, Haschel said, Wright failed to yield to the pickup, which struck the driver’s side of the van.

Wright was taken by ambulance to Denton Regional Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries, officials said.

Stowe was transported to Baylor Medical Center at McKinney for injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Haschel said. Neither driver had any passengers, he said.

Investigators worked the scene for nearly four hours after the accident.

This was the second roadway fatality in less than 24 hours that DPS had worked in Denton County.

Haschel said a Rhome resident was killed Friday after his truck rolled over.

Clancy Stewart, 45, died after his semi tractor-trailer overcorrected during a turn. The truck cab rolled over on the driver’s side, pinning the driver underneath, Haschel said.

The 18-wheeler, which was hauling nonhazardous chemicals, overturned at about 3:30 p.m. at FM407 and South County Line Road, officials said.

In one week, Denton County has seen five roadway fatalities.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.


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