March 12, 2018 – Emergency responders were dispatched to a fatality crash on SH 87 South near Patroon Grocery on Friday morning, March 10, 2018.
According to a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) press release, Troopers investigated a one-vehicle crash on SH 87 approximately eight miles South of Shelbyville. The preliminary crash investigation indicates at about 7am a 2003 Ford pickup was traveling north on SH 87 when the truck drove off the roadway to the right then reportedly slid back across the roadway and into a creek on the west side of the road.
The driver of the Ford is identified as Daran Oneill Jr., 31, from Lake Charles, Louisiana. Oneill was pronounced deceased at the scene by Shelby County Justice of the Peace PCT 2, Marla Denby.
Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department and Center Fire Department were both dispatched to the scene to assist with traffic control and extrication while DPS Troopers measured and investigated the crash.
Hughes Wrecker assisted with removing the pickup from the creek and David Shield towed the wreckage from the site. ACE EMS also responsed to assist if needed. Watson and Sons Funeral Home transported Oneill, Jr. from the scene.
DPS State Trooper Taylor Buster investigated the wreck and was assisted by State Troopers Jonathan Stinson, Brent Murray, Keith Jones, and Sean Smith. No additional information is available at this time.