Ryan Hopkins Killed, Passenger Injured in Crash on US-84 near Coleman, TX
UPDATE (August 10, 2022): It is our sad duty to report that Ryan Hopkins, the driver of the pickup that crashed on US-84, later succumbed to his injuries.
Coleman, TX — August 7, 2022, 18-year-old Ryan Hopkins and another teen were hospitalized after a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 84 near Coleman.
According to reports the incident happened around 4:30 a.m. on southbound US-84, roughly 12 miles northwest of town. Preliminary investigation suggests Hopkins was driving a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck southeast on the highway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The truck drifted through the oncoming lane and off the road to the east, passed through a ditch, and overturned as it hit a fence.
Hopkins and his 16-year-old passenger were reportedly not wearing seat belts and Hopkins was ejected during the crash. Both suffered incapacitating injuries and were transported to area hospitals for treatment.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Ryan Hopkins Accident near Coleman
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