Yolanda Gaona Killed in Accident at Hwy 281 and County Rd 116 in Jim Wells County, TX

May 16, 2023
Victim's Name(s)
Yolanda Gaona
Type of Accident
Commercial Truck
Alcohol/Drugs Suspected

Where it Happened

Hwy 281 and County Rd 116, Jim Wells County, TX

Additional Information

Investigating Officer or Authority
Texas Department of Public Safety
Vehicles Involved
GMC Terrain, 18-Wheeler
Hwy 281 and County Rd 116
Injuries Sustained

Fatal injuries

Apparent/Alleged Cause of Accident

GMC Terrain and an 18-wheeler collided at an intersection

What Happened

Texas Department of Public Safety officials are investigating a crash that killed a person at Hwy 281 and County Rd 116 in Jim Wells County, TX on May 16th, 2023. Police say the incident happened around 10:08 p.m. According to investigators, an GMC Terrain is alleged to have been headed eastbound on County Road 116 before colliding with a semi-truck at the intersection with Hwy 281. Authorities allege one of the vehicles may have failed to yield right of away at the intersection. The driver of the GMC, identified as 72-year-old Yolanda Ganoa, was taken to an area hospital with injuries she later died from. A rear seat passenger was ejected from the vehicle and also died. A second child passenger was hospitalized in crucial condition.

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