HD68 candidate Carter family suffers heartbreaking loss in crash

Craig Carter familySTAFF REPORTS

NORTHLAKE—A car crash on I-35 northbound Sunday afternoon claimed the lives of a 59-year-old woman and a 4-year-old girl, and left a 3-year-old boy severely injured, according to law enforcement sources, and this is apparently the incident Texas House District 68 candidate Craig Carter referred to in a statement from his campaign Monday afternoon. 

“As some may know my Daughter Lux, who was 4, and mother-in-law Rose have passed away into heaven as the result of a horrible car crash on Sunday,” read the statement emailed to media by Carter’s campaign adviser. “Our son Rex has survived, he is fighting and we humbly ask for your prayers. My wife and I are

devastated but comforted by the knowledge that they are now with our Lord Jesus.”

Carter, a businessman who invested in restoring the Old Nocona Boot Factory in Nocona, had run in a field of five in a Jan. 23 special election for the vacant HD68 seat and had emerged in a yet-unscheduled runoff with Jacksboro attorney David Spiller.

In light of the tragic news Spiller released a statement on social media Monday night.

“My wife, Ginger, and I were shocked and saddened to hear of the tragedy devastating the family of Craig Carter. Please join me in praying for the Carter and Morgan families for their losses and for the treatment and recovery of Craig and Leigha’s son, Rex.” 

Carter also thanked those who responded to the crash and were caring for his son. “I want to express my sincerest gratitude to the paramedics, first responders, and the entire medical team at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Ft. Worth.”

According to NBC Channel 5 News (Dallas–Fort Worth), 28-year-old Kendrick Demon Collins of Forth Worth is in custody, accused of killing a woman and a young child and severely injuring another in the hit-and-run crash. 

Wichita Falls KXAS-TV, KFSX-TV and KJTL-TV updated their stories Tuesday morning as well to identify a Nocona family.

Police told the news crew that two drivers were headed northbound on Interstate 35W in Northlake at about 3:40 p.m. when the driver of an Audi A6 moved from the right lane to the left lane and collided with the driver of a Toyota.

The collision pushed the Toyota into the concrete barrier and it then rolled several times before coming to a stop, according to witnesses.

Witnesses also told police the driver of a black Audi stopped after the crash but then drove away, exiting the highway at Farm-to-Market Road 1171 and then turned southbound on the highway where he passed the crash scene and again did not stop.

As of press time Tuesday Carter’s campaign had not said whether the candidate planned to continue his bid for office.

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