ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department Traffic Division is investigating a crash that claimed the life of a 46-year-old Abilene man. The crash occurred at 5:10 a.m. on the morning of Monday, December 28, 2020, on Highway 36 near Blackburn Road in southeast Abilene.
Mutagaa Smith of Abilene was headed north on Highway 36 in a white Mazda 4-door sedan when he crossed into the oncoming lane. Witnesses say he missed one vehicle but collided head-on with a white 2018 Chevrolet Pickup. Smith had to be extricated by fire crews and was transported to the hospital where he later passed away from his injuries. Next of kin notification has been made. It does not appear Mr. Smith was wearing a seat-belt.
The driver of the pickup, 50-year-old Douglas Whitehead of Hamilton received minor injuries and was not transported. The cause of this crash remains under investigation.
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