Accident Claims Life of Purdon Woman

On Saturday morning, Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers were called to a two vehicle fatality crash on FM709, approximately 0.75 miles south of Retreat in Navarro county.

According to a press release issued by DPS on Monday morning, “The preliminary investigation shows that a white 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup was traveling north on FM709 and a gray 2017 Toyota Yaris was traveling south on FM709. Due to possible fatigue, the driver of the Yaris drove into the north bound lane of travel striking the Chevy in the front left with the Toyota’s front left. This caused both vehicles to roll before coming to a stop. The driver of the Toyota had just gotten off of a night shift at a business in Ennis.”

The driver of the Toyota 23 year-old, McKayla Gafford, of Purdon was pronounced deceased at the scene by Judge Greta Jordon of Precinct #1. Ms. Gafford was taken to Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. The driver of the Chevy 42 year-old, Donald West, of Huntsville had non-incapacitating injuries and was treated and released at the scene.

West was arrested at the scene for Driving Under the Influence 2nd offense, and according to a DPS representative, did not contribute to the accident. He remains in custody at the Navarro County Justice Center with a bond of $2,500.00.
The investigation is still on-going and there is no other information available at this time.


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