Woman dies in weather-related crash on Central Texas highway

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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) The Texas Department of Public Safety was investigating a weather-related crash in Coryell County that resulted in a woman's death Wednesday afternoon.

DPS Sgt. Dave Roberts said Hattie Graham, 41, of Brownwood, was killed in the two-vehicle collision around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 84, seven miles east of Gatesville.

Roberts said it was raining at the time of the crash.

Graham's 2015 Toyota Prius was traveling westbound when it lost control on the wet pavement and crossed over onto the wrong side of the roadway into the path of an oncoming 2016 Jeep Cherokee traveling in the opposite direction, he said.

The vehicles collided in the eastbound lane.

Coryell County Justice of the Peace Coy Latham pronounced Graham dead at the scene.

The Jeep was driven by Roger Hinojosa, 44, of Waco.

"Hinojosa suffered incapacitating injuries and was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple by medical helicopter," said Roberts.

Graham and Hinojosa were the sole occupants of their vehicles.

No charges have been filed.

Next of kin was notified.

"In light of this tragedy, DPS would like to stress the importance of adjusting your vehicles speed according to roadway and weather conditions," said Roberts.

The accident temporarily closed down the highway, but traffic was moving again by 6 p.m.

The crash was the second fatal accident of the day on an area highway.

Troopers responded at around 7 a.m. Wednesday to a fatal accident involving an 18-wheeler and a second vehicle on U.S. Highway 190 about 8 miles east of Temple.