State Troopers responded Sunday night to a two-vehicle fatal crash on US-175, approximately 6.2 miles west of Jacksonville in Cherokee County. Reports indicate that the driver of a 2008 Chrysler 300, Uriel Rangel, 25, of Jacksonville, was traveling west on US-175 and struck the back of a 2011 Audi A5 driven by Javier Corona, 33, of Jacksonville, who had slowed on US-175 to turn south into a private drive. The collision caused the Audi to strike a power pole and a structure before facing southwest. The Chrysler traveled southwest across CR-3318, struck a power pole, and came to final rest in a southwest field.
Judge Tony Johnson pronounced the Chrysler driver at the scene, and they took him to East Texas Mortuary in Tyler. Two passengers, Jaden Portillo, 18, and Daniel Cruz, 32, both of Jacksonville, were transported to UT-Health – Tyler in critical condition.
The driver of the Audi did not require medical transport from the scene.
The crash remains under investigation.