UPDATE: Orange teen dies in Tyler County wreck

Published 8:33 am Thursday, September 27, 2018

UPDATE: The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) can confirm that 16-year-old Marissa Gilchriest of Orange, was the rear passenger that was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford.


PRESS RELEASE – On September 26, 2018, at approximately 2:45p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers responded to a head-on collision on FM 1013 in Tyler County.  The crash occurred five (5) miles East of Spurger.

Preliminary reports indicate that a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix was traveling eastbound on FM 1013.  A 2015 Ford Mustang was traveling westbound on FM 1013.  For an unknown reason, the driver of the Pontiac crossed the center dividing line and collided head-on with the Ford Mustang.

The rear passenger of the Pontiac, a 16-year-old female from Orange, Texas, was transported to the Tyler County hospital with serious injuries.  She did not survive her injuries and was pronounced deceased, at 4:29p.m., by Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford.  The teenager was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

The driver of the Pontiac, 25-year-old Carley Buckley from Fred, and her front passenger, a 16-year-old female also from Fred, were both transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the Ford, 22-year-old Karli Mears from Porter, Texas, was also transported to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries.

At the time of the crash, the roadway was wet from a previous rainfall.

There are no additional details to be released as Troopers continue to investigate this fatal crash.