Trenton Hill Jr. Injured in Car Accident on FM 14 in Smith County, TX
Smith County, TX — August 6, 2022, 34-year-old Trenton Hill Jr. was injured in a single-vehicle crash on Farm to Market Road 14 in Smith County.
According to authorities the incident happened around 3:15 a.m. on FM 14 near County Road 311. Preliminary investigation suggests Hill was driving a Lexus IS 300 sedan south on the roadway behind a second non-contact vehicle. He allegedly approached it quickly from behind, then swerved to the right and off the road to avoid it.
The Lexus ran into the west bar ditch, then side-skidded back into the roadway. It passed through the travel lanes and ran into the east bar ditch, then spun around and crashed into the tree line.
Hill suffered serious injuries in the wreck. Investigators suspected him of being intoxicated and drew blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Trenton Hill Jr. Accident in Smith County
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