TROUP — Byron Whitaker, 35, of Rusk, died Jan. 13 while he was traveling southbound on Hwy. 110 in a 2000 four-door Chevy Impala, according to Texas Department of Public Safety officials.

Trooper Bruce Bradley noticed a vehicle in a ditch approximately 2:35 a.m.

Officials believe Whitaker, who was the sole person in the Impala, crossed the northbound lane and hit a dirt embankment, and the vehicle rolled over at least once.

The accident is still under investigation, according to Trooper Tom Bledsoe and according to the DPS report, Whitaker was on his way home in the Elm Grove community.

Whitaker was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene, Bledsoe said.

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