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Local man killed in two-vehicle crash
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TRINITY – A 42-year-old Trinity businessman was killed last week in a two-vehicle collision that occurred in front of his home. Gregory Wayne Grider was pronounced dead at the scene by Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Bobby Nicholds at about 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2. Frank McFarland, 31, of Trinity, the driver of one of the vehicles, was taken into custody at the scene and was charged with intoxication manslaughter. He was free this week after posting a $250,000 bond. According to accident investigator Trooper Chad Seamans of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the charge against McFarland is subject to change, depending on the results of blood toxicology work now underway. The collision occurred at about 10:58 p.m. on Highway 19 North (Prospect Drive) just north of Martin’s 7-11, where Grider worked with his father, Martin Grider. The victim’s residence was located immediately to the north of the store and, according to Seamans, Grider was attempting to turn into his driveway when the crash occurred. Seamans said both vehicles were traveling north on Highway 19 and that the 2008 Silverado pickup driven by Grider was in the process of turning left onto that private driveway. The 2002 Ford pickup driven by McFarland was traveling behind the Silverado and when it came around a curve, attempted to pass the turning pickup but instead collided into its side. The impact on the Silverado occurred on the driver’s side door, fatally injuring Grider. His wife, Missy Grider, was seated in the passenger side of the vehicle and she sustained only minor injuries. Mrs. Grider was subsequently treated and released at East Texas Medical Center-Trinity. Witnesses at the scene of the rescue attempt indicated they had problems extricating the Griders from the damaged Silverado. They indicated that Grider, though unconscious, still showed signs of life when they arrived. However, after police and firefighters at the scene finally managed to get the couple out of the twisted vehicle, emergency medical personnel at the scene indicated that Grider had died. Funeral services for Grider, who worked as a butcher at Martin’s 7-11, were held before a standing-room-only crowd Monday, Dec. 6, at the River of Life Church in Trinity.