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David West, 53, killed in motorcycle collision with driver LaDonna Welch, 36, on FM 4 at Loop 567 in Hood County, Texas

Modified Date: 
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 6:20pm
Accident Date: 
Sunday, January 31, 2016

Alleged Drunk Texting And Driving Leads To Deadly Crash In HoodCounty

HOOD COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A man on a motorcycle lost his life after being hit by a pickup truck. The driver of that pickup was allegedly drunk and texting and driving according to DPS Trooper Dub Gillum. LaDonna Welch, 36, of Lake City, South Carolina is in the Hood County Jail charged with intoxication manslaughter. West’s wife witnessed the deadly crash as she was on a motorcycle behind him. DPS says Welch was traveling south when she drifted into the northbound lane and hit David West, 53, on his motorcycle head-on.

Motorcyclist killed in Granbury accident remembered for love of animals

While the drivers in Monday’s wreck should survive, a Crowley family is now planning a funeral for 53-year-old motorcycle rider David West. Despite being in shock, Fran says she remembered her husband’s words—to document everything if they were ever in accidents. She took one picture of the beer can she says she saw Welch fling out the window after the wreck. She somehow found the presence of mind to take photos of the crime scene, and shared them with News 8. GRANBURY – It was a gut-wrenching and familiar sight in Granbury Monday, as a truck and motorcycle collided on US 377. “Several of us ran out on the street to get to him immediately,” said John Mark Davis, who helped the motorcyclist.

Woman arrested on intoxication manslaughter charge in fatal Granbury crash

Welch, of Lake City, S.C., was arrested and faces a charge of intoxication manslaughter. She was in the Hood County Jail Monday morning. 
People Involved: 
David West
LaDonna Welch

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