1 killed in weekend crash near Gilmer

GILMER, Texas (KETK) - One person is dead after a one-vehicle crash this past weekend in Upshur County.

Latonya Champion, 42, of Pittsburg died in the accident, according to Trooper Jean Dark.

According to a Department of Public Safety preliminary investigation, shortly after 9 p.m., officials were dispatched to a wreck about a mile south of Gilmer on Highway 271. 

The crash happened when an SUV headed north on Highway 271 hit their brakes to dodge a slower moving vehicle. The SUV left the road and flipped onto its right side.

Authorities identified the driver as Deshanda Green, 31, of Pittsburg. Three other passengers were in the vehicle, including Champion. The driver, along with a 2-year-old and 4-year-old, were not hurt.

Champion was taken to a Longview hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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