SMITH COUNTY (KYTX)- People are asking state and local agencies to do something about a dangerous highway after another person died.
Jarrett Rider was killed in a three- vehicle accident on Highway 31 East.
It happened about 6:30 at County Road 233, east of FM 757. "God works in mysterious ways and you don't question him-- you just kind of learn to accept it," said Shawn Warren, Jarrett Rider's cousin.
Warren is having a hard time dealing with the sudden loss of his cousin and traveling partner.
"I hung out with him Saturday, we actually went to Shreveport together and I would never imagine in a thousand years less than 48 hours later I wouldn't be able to talk to him anymore," said Warren.
According to DPS, Rider stopped on Highway 31 to pull into his driveway, then he was hit from behind by a white-pick up and pushed into the path of a red F-150.
"Somebody was literally feet away from the safety of their driveway and you know it just took somebody hitting him from the back for a great life to be taken away," said Warren.
A Tx-Dot traffic report indicates Rider was the eighth person killed on Highway 31 since last March.
With a year-to-date of more than 300 crashes total.
"Over the last 35 years, I've represented countless families who've lost loved ones on Highway 31," said Randy Roberts, Roberts and Roberts Law Firm.
Roberts and Roberts is representing the Rider family. Roberts says he wants justice served.
"At the end of the day we're going to make sure that the people responsible for this unfortunate tragedy are held responsible," said Roberts.
As for the Rider family, they want to see the highway expanded in memory of those who are no longer with us.
"I don't know what needs to be done as far as legislation but maybe we need to get a center turning lane or something of that nature," said Warren.
"This is the first time I've dealt with somebody this close at a young age passing away that was totally unexpected," said Warren.
Crashes on Highway 31 since March 17, 2014:
Kilgore: 2 fatal, 31 total
Longview: 1 fatal, 32 total
Rural Gregg County: 2 fatal, 59 total
Rural Smith County: 3 fatal, 63 total
Tyler: 0 fatal, 124 total