TDCJ Dalhart Unit employee in fatal auto accident
By Robin Scott
Late Wednesday evening a man employed at the Dalhart Unit was tragically killed when the vehicle he was driving was struck by a semi truck near the intersection of Highway 54 West and Ranch Road 694 just outside the city limits of Dalhart. The accident occurred at approximately 11:00 p.m. The semi truck was driven by a man on his way to Tennessee and heading east on Highway 54 toward Dalhart.
Jasper “Max” Maxey of Dalhart died at the scene of the accident. Early reports were that he entered the intersection in front of the semi truck without first making a stop at the intersection. He applied his breaks, but not in time to avoid the impact. Firefighters had to extricate Maxey from the vehicle due to the severity of the impact.
Troopers Les Jones and Matt Howe with the Texas Department of Public Safety were dispatched to the scene. Trooper Jones began an investigation into the cause of the accident, as well as notified the next of kin of Maxey. Members of the Dalhart Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene. Fire Chief Curtis Brown stated on Thursday, “The death of Maxey is very sad to me. We worked together when I was out at the prison, and he was a friend.”
Also at the scene were Hartley County Sheriff Franky Scott and Deputy Penny Loudder. Sheriff Scott noted, “Deputy Loudder went to the home of Justice of the Peace Edwyna Womble, picked her up and drove her out to the site of the accident. Judge Womble pronounced Maxey dead at the scene.” Sheriff Scott also stated, “The driver of the car was coming southeast on Ranch Road 694 and was headed back toward Dalhart. He failed to yield the right-of-way to the semi truck.”
Maxey was employed at the Dalhart Unit. Until recently, he was a roommate of Roy Bernard Davis, who lost his son, Sgt. David A. Davis, on September 19th. Sgt. Davis was killed in Afghanistan. Many employees of the Dalhart Unit showed their support for their co-worker Bernard Davis, and Vicky Williamson, the mother of Sgt. Davis. Williamson is also employed at the Dalhart Unit. The employees lined the road from Ingram Field to Highway 54 East during the procession of Sgt. Davis’ body from the airport to Horizon Funeral Home. The news of the death of Maxey came on the heels of the other tragedy.
The loss of a member of the Dalhart area community is a tragic event, and the death of Maxey appears to have touched many people who knew him, worked with him, and were close to him.