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2 children dead following Gregg County wreck; 1 adult, 2 other kids injured

Hayden Matthew Wyatt Malone, 21, of Tyler, Texas, is charged with three counts of intoxication...
Hayden Matthew Wyatt Malone, 21, of Tyler, Texas, is charged with three counts of intoxication assault and one count of intoxication manslaughter. He remains in the Gregg County, Texas, Jail, where he was booked Jan. 13. His bonds total $300,000.(Source: Gregg County, Texas, Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jan. 15, 2022 at 6:45 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2022 at 4:18 PM CST
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GREGG COUNTY, Texas (KSLA) - Two children are dead following a wreck in Gregg County.

The incident occurred at 4:24 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13. on Texas Highway 149, about three miles southeast of Lakeport, Texas.

Officials say 24-year-old Mercedes D. Cole, of Longview, Texas, was driving a 2015 Nissan Versa south in the inside lane. She had the turn signal activated, preparing to turn into the parking lot of a Dollar General when the Nissan was hit by a 2013 Volkswagen Passat.

There were five passengers in Cole’s vehicle: 26-year-old Alan Jasso Cerna, a 7-year-old girl, a 4-year-old girl, a 2-year-old boy and a 5-month-old boy, all of Longview.

The 4-year-old and the 2-year-old were flown to Ochsner LSU in Shreveport with critical injuries. The 2-year-old boy died from his injuries Jan. 15.

Cerna and the 5-month-old were taken to CHRISTUS Good Shepard in Longview for treatment. The 5-month-old later flown to Dallas Children’s Hospital in Dallas, where he was pronounced dead on Monday, Jan. 18.

The driver of the Volkswagen, 21-year-old Hayden Matthew Wyatt Malone, was arrested on three counts of intoxication assault and one count of intoxication manslaughter. An additional count of intoxication manslaughter was added following the 5-month-old’s death.

The Tyler, Texas, man was taken to CHRISTUS Good Shepard to be medically cleared before being released to investigators.

He now is being held in the Gregg County, Texas Jail, where he was booked Jan. 13. His bonds total $300,000.

This crash remains under investigation.

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