UPDATE: Texas DPS identifies man killed after hitting tree in Cass County


CASS COUNTY, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the name of a man that was killed Friday morning when his vehicle ran off the road and hit a tree during severe weather.

Texas DPS says 23-year-old Joshuia Hill was driving west on Highway 77 in a 1977 Ford during a thunderstorm when his vehicle went off the road and hit a tree. Hill was traveling behind 56-year-old Maxwell Miller, who was the driver of a 2011 Ford F150.

Justin Owens, 26, was traveling east on HWY 77 in a 2017 Ford F150 and stopped in the roadway after hydroplaning. Miller then slowed down in front of Hill to avoid hitting Owens, and Hill failed to control the vehicle’s speed, struck the side of Owens’ truck, left the roadway, and struck a tree.

The crash happened just before 6 a.m. Friday morning, two miles east outside of Naples, Texas.

“We had a vehicle during a severe thunderstorm, heavy rain at the time, we had one vehicle,” said Staff Sergeant Greg Williams with Texas DPS.

“There was a combination of three but one of the vehicles left the roadway due to the visibility issue and ended up hitting a tree.”

DPS says Hill was the only person in the car. No other injuries have been reported.

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