Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 5, 2012

Malakoff man dies in Tyler crash

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — A one-vehicle wreck in south Tyler early Friday took the life of a 29-year-old Malakoff resident, Tyler Police Department reports indicate.

Rocky Lee Padgett died where his vehicle came to rest after leaving the pavement on West Grande Boulevard.

A passenger in the vehicle Darrell Grayer, 25, of Tyler was transported to East Texas Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Grayer, formerly of Malakoff, is a 2010 graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler. Padgett is a Malakoff High School graduate, who attended Tyler Junior College. In 2001, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

TPD reports that an Oncor work crew saw the accident at about 12:40 a.m., and notified police. The vehicle had gone out of control, and came to a stop in a ditch in a brushy area.

The wreck in the 300 block of West Grande Boulevard, was just east of the intersection with State Highway 155. Grande in an often twisty road that connects SH 155 to busy South Broadway Street in Tyler. The crash is being investigated by the TPD.