Malakoff wreck

A one-vehicle rollover near Highway 31 killed one Tuesday.

A 24-year-old Malakoff woman was killed in a one-vehicle wreck on State Highway 31, near Crescent Heights on Tuesday morning, according to Texas Department of Public Safety reports.

The victim in the crash was identified as Michelle Nicole Shellenberger. She  was a passenger in the 2004 model Ford F-150 pickup, driven by Joe Darrell Elam, 56, of Athens.

DPS reports said Elam was westbound shortly before 10:30 a.m., on the divided highway about five miles east of Malakoff. He apparently attempted to switch lanes, lost control of the vehicle, exited the roadway and rolled over several times.

The pickup finally crashed into a fence and came to rest on its side in the north side ditch. Shellenberger and Elam were both ejected from the vehicle as it flipped.

According to DPS, Elam and Shellenberger were transported by EMS to East Texas Medical Center-Athens.

Shellenberger was pronounced dead at 11:23 a.m. and her body was turned over to Hannigan Smith Funeral Home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13 at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens, Texas with interment following at Walnut Creek Cemetery in Crescent Heights.  

Elam was admitted to the hospital with various injuries.  He was in serious condition on Wednesday.

The wreck was investigated by Trooper Mitzi Storey.

Shellenberger was a member of the Crescent Heights Baptist Church.  She was a hard worker who enjoyed singing and shopping.  She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and granddaughter and will be missed by all she knew and loved.

She is survived by her husband Rodney Shellenberger of Martins Mill; her parents, Noah Wheeler and wife Cindy of Crescent Heights, Terry McCan and husband David of Malakoff; one daughter Brooklynn Nicole Shellenberger of Malakoff; seven brothers and sisters, Melissa Wheeler of Malakoff, Ryan Wheeler of Malakoff, Meghan Wheeler of Crescent Heights, Dawn McCan of Mineola, Heather McCan of Ruston, Louisiana, Marcus Moore and wife Brooke of Trinidad, Chrystol Caple of Malakoff; paternal grandmother Judy Meza; maternal grandfather Patrick Somers; maternal grandmother Nancy Goodson; maternal grandparents Jim and Penny McCan and maternal great-grandmother Lavern Clark.

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