James Charles Coates Killed, Michael Jeffrey Meyers Injured in Car Accident in Wise County, TX
Wise County, TX — May 17, 2023, James Coates was killed and Michael Meyers was injured following a car accident at around 1:09 a.m. along U.S. 81/287.
Authorities reported that the incident happened just outside of Alvord near the intersection of U.S. Highway 81/287 and County Road 2898.
According to preliminary information from the Texas Department of Public Safety, 50-year-old James Coates was in a vehicle that was apparently disabled along the northbound lanes of the highway. While there, a Chevy Malibu said to be driven by 28-year-old Michael Meyers crashed into the disabled vehicle.
As a result of the collision, Coates sustained injuries which ultimately proved fatal. Meyers was taken to a hospital in what was described as stable condition. No others were reportedly involved in the crash. It's unclear at this time why Coates's vehicle was disabled, and details regarding factors such as lighting conditions are unclear, as well. Investigations are ongoing.