Victim identified in Smith County fatal crash

SMITH COUNTY - Troopers responded to a fatal vehicle crash that happened around 1 a.m. Sunday morning on FM-346 just east of Whitehouse.

After a preliminary crash investigation, it was discovered that 31-year-old Dallas native, Paul Lee Hawthorne, was driving west in his 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis when he lost control in a curve and hit a tree.

Hawthorne died at the scene and his body now lies in Lighthouse Mortuary in Tyler. 

Zytrinka Doyle, a 23-year-old Arizona native, was also in the vehicle with Hawthorne. She was taken to East Texas Medical Center in serious condition. 

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