Drivers in Fatal Taylor County Crash Identified


ABILENE – The victims from the fatal crash on US 277 S. outside Abilene this morning have been identified.

This morning, a fatal crash that claimed one person's life occurred outside Abilene, Now, the Texas Department of Public Safety has released the names of the individuals involved in that crash.

According to information released by the DPS, Aurelia L. Clark, 47, of Abilene was pronounced dead at the scene. Clark was driving a 2021 Hyundai Sonata and she was wearing a seat belt.

The second vehicle, a 2022 Toyota RAV was being driven by Ellen D. Daugherty, 53, of Abilene and she was transported to Hendrick Medical Center with serious injuries. Daugherty was wearing a seat belt.

In the release, the DPS said that Clark was traveling south on US-277 while Daugherty was traveling north. Daugherty failed to maintain her lane and struck Clark’s vehicle.

The crash is still under investigation, and this is only a preliminary report so information may change, be corrected, or added based on the finding throughout the investigation.

The posted speed limit in the area of the crash is 65 mph and the road conditions were dry.

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We hear about the hazards of distracted driving all the time, but seldom do we get information of local MVAs that were primarily caused by one or more drivers texting or posting on social media at the time of the crash. I wish DPS would make that info known once they've confirmed it to be true. With the weather being clear and dry, the only other causes I can think of are an acute medical condition or mechanical failure.

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