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Patrianna Pettigrew

A 18-year-old Tyler High School senior died after a two-vehicle crash Saturday night in Smith County.

Patrianna Damrye Pettigrew, 18, was riding in a passenger seat in a 2019 Toyota Camry west on State Highway 31 East when the driver lost control of the vehicle possibly due to weather conditions. The vehicle traveled into oncoming traffic and struck a 2004 Chevrolet 1500 going east on SH 31E, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety preliminary investigators report.

Pettigrew was pronounced dead at the scene and was taken to Lighthouse Mortuary in Tyler. A the driver of the vehicle, identified as Talia Janae Smith, 20, of Tyler, was taken to UT Health East Texas in Tyler in critical condition, according to DPS.

On Sunday, Tyler High School shared the news of Pettigrew’s death on its Facebook page.

“Our hearts and prayers are with her family and friends. Counselors will be available for students on Monday,” the Facebook post read in part.

Pettigrew was on the high school’s volleyball team, where she recently received all-district honorable mention.

The driver of the Chevrolet, who was identified as Logan Qualls, 18, of Winona, was taken to UT Health East Texas in Tyler in stable condition, DPS said.

The crash remains under investigation.

Previous information from DPS stated Pettigrew was the driver of the Toyota. DPS has since corrected that information to say that Smith was the driver of that vehicle and Pettigrew was the passenger. 


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I came to the Tyler Morning Telegraph in September 2019. I report on crime, courts, breaking news and various events in Tyler and East Texas.