Jimmy Gaytan Death – Cause of Death – Jimmy Gaytan, 39, of Tatum, died in a two-vehicle crash on FM-1716 approximately 3.8 miles south of the city of Tatum in Rusk County. The crash happened on Wednesday evening, 1st of December 2021. The crash transited when a driver of a 2005 Freightliner towing a semi-trailer who was driving north on FM-1716 on the wrong side of the roadway, collided with a driver of a 2007 Chevrolet Z71 who was traveling on FM-1716 in the southbound lane.
In review of reports, the driver of the Freightliner tried to move back into the northbound lane but its towed unit was still partially in the wrong lane when it was struck by the southbound Chevrolet which then caught fire. The Freightliner driver who was identified as 28-year-old Leonardo Ochoa of Alvarado was not injured in the crash.
The Chevrolet driver, Gaytan, was pronounced at the scene by Judge Redman and was taken to Crawford A. Crim Funeral Home in Henderson. The crash remains under investigation.