Mesquite man dies in crash near Mineola


A Mesquite man was killed and three others suffered injuries in a traffic crash Monday at 2:42 p.m. at U.S. Hwy. 80 and FM 1799.

The Dept. of Public Safety investigators preliminary report indicates that the driver of a 2010 Nissan Altima had traveled south on FM 1799 and stopped at the intersection of US 80. At the same time, the driver of a 2019 Dodge Challenger was traveling west on US 80.  The driver of the Nissan failed to yield the right-of-way to the westbound vehicle, traveling into its path on US 80.

The driver of the Nissan, Rodney Godbey, 53, of Mesquite was airlifted to UT-Health East Texas where he was later pronounced dead. His passenger, John Stewart, 53, of Terrell sustained non-incapacitating injuries and was not transported from the crash by on-scene medical personnel.

The driver of the Dodge, Marcus Counts, 25, of Jefferson and his passenger Jessica Otto, 30, of Quitman were transported to UT-Health East Texas – Quitman in stable condition.