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Mt Pleasant Man Dies In Apparent Road Rage Crash

A 30-year-old Mt. Pleasant man died in a hit-and-run crash Wednesday afternoon at about 3:00 on Highway 271 north of Gilmer. State Troopers say the Richard C. Haley, II, was northbound behind a Kia that suddenly slammed on its brakes in what witnesses said appeared to be a case of road rage, forcing the Tahoe to run off the road, roll, and overturn. It ejected Haley. They pronounced him at the scene and hospitalized a passenger. The driver of the Kia continued north toward Pittsburg, and officials have not located him.

Official DPS Crash Report

Date & Time: 12/29/2021 3:00 PM

County: Upshur

Location: US 271, north of Gilmer, TX, near the community of Midway.

Posted Speed Limit: 70 mph


Vehicle 1: 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, grey

Vehicle 2:  Described as a brown Kia Sportage type vehicle, possibly a 2012 model


Driver 1: Deceased

Raymond C. Haley II, male, 30 YOA, of Mt. Pleasant, TX.

Pronounced by: Judge Rhonda Welch

Seatbelt: No

Passenger: Shavett Holley, 30 YOA, of Linden, TX.

Transported to:  UT Health Pittsburg, TX

Driver 2: UNKNOWN


Preliminary investigation indicates Unit 1 was traveling north on US 271, near the community of Midway, behind Unit 2. Information obtained from witnesses at the scene suggests Unit 2 slammed on its brakes in a possible road rage situation, causing the driver of Unit 1 to take evasive action to the right. As a result, unit 1 traveled off the roadway, the driver overcorrected to the left, and the vehicle rolled, ejecting the driver. Unit 2 continued north on US 271 toward Pittsburg. Investigators seek the public’s help in identifying the driver of Unit 2. Anyone with information should contact the Gilmer Highway Patrol Office at 903-797-2753.

Weather Condition: Clear

Road Conditions: Dry

Investigated By: Trooper Charlie Bless, DPS Gilmer