Waskom, Texas, United Pentecostal Church Pastor Travis Gulley and his wife of 40 years, Janette “Jan” Gulley, 61, were returning home Wednesday night after church.
The couple had decided to get gas at a Greenwood, LA. gas station. Traveling on Hwy. 80 West just over the I-20 exit ramp in their Pontiac Vibe vehicle and were meeting oncoming vehicles.
Traffic was approaching and a Toyota RAV4 swerved into their lane to pass another vehicle and hit the Gulley’ Pontiac head-on.
The two vehicles collided and the RAV4 careened off the highway and burst into flames.
In the aftermath of the the collision, the driver of the RAV4 was said to be drinking and disappeared, while his injured passenger was taken by ambulance, along with Travis and Jan Gulley, all transported to Oschner’s LSU Medical Center.
The passenger of the RAV was pronounced dead at the medical facility.
Jan Gulley passed away shortly after their arrival at Oschner’s and Travis Gulley suffered a broken left foot and left hand, being scheduled for surgery.
The identity of the deceased RAV4 passenger has not been released while authorities are investigating to find the driver of the RAV4 who left the scene of an accident.
It is a felony by Louisiana law to drive under the influence of alcohol and compounds the severity of the auto collision resulting in the death of individuals that could constitute two charges of vehicular homicide or manslaughter. There is a statute for intoxication manslaughter.
The Gulley’s have been dealing with family health matters and progress being made to have been disrupted and abruptly ended hopes of a complete recovery by this untimely tragedy.
Funeral services are being prepared by Pastor Travis Gulley despite his injuries, while the Waskom community and churches rally to support him in this time of loss.