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County sees first traffic fatality of 2014

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Decatur man injured in a head-on collision southeast of Paradise last month has become Wise County’s first traffic fatality of 2014.

Roland Hodge

Roland Hodge, 66, was pronounced dead Saturday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner,s website listed cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries due to motor vehicle collision.

The accident occurred around 6 on the foggy morning of March 28 on Texas 114 near County Road 3381.

According to investigators, Hodge was westbound on a two-lane portion of 114 when he attempted to pass a vehicle and wasn’t able to move completely back into his lane.

He clipped an eastbound Ford pickup driven by Cory Kelsey of Paradise, who was not injured.

Hodge was transported by ground ambulance to JPS. Reports across the police scanner indicated he was complaining of hip pain at the scene.

A celebration of life for Hodge was held Sunday.

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