Wrong-way crash on U.S. 287 kills 2

MPD suspects driver entered northbound lane at crossover; child passenger in stable condition

Bill Spinks
Midlothian Mirror
Midlothian Police Department patrol unit.

A wrong-way collision on U.S. Highway 287 Sunday night resulted in the deaths of both drivers and an injury to a child passenger, Midlothian police said.

The crash happened in the northbound lanes in the 5400 block of east Highway 287.

The vehicle that was traveling in the wrong direction was occupied only by the driver, Bettye Stafford, 83, of Midlothian, police said. The other vehicle was occupied by the driver, identified as Jyntri Tillery, 26, of Crowley as well as her 6-year-old daughter.

Both Stafford and Tillery were killed in the collision. The child was transported to Children’s Hospital in Dallas and is currently in stable condition. 

“At this time, investigators suspect that Ms. Stafford had left the parking lot of the Whataburger located at 2440 Presidential Parkway and turned left into the northbound lanes,” Midlothian Police Department said in a statement. “Please keep in mind that our investigation is still ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved in the crash.”

On Sunday at approximately 8:21 p.m., the Northern Ellis Emergency Dispatch received reports of a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of 287 near Presidential Parkway, police reported. Patrol officers from Midlothian PD were dispatched to that location.

Within minutes of the original call, while officers were en route to the area, Dispatch received an update to the call indicating that the wrong-way driver had struck a vehicle that was traveling northbound.