Weatherford Democrat

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August 6, 2012

Man found in wreck was missing since July

WEATHERFORD — A Ranger man missing since July 25 was found dead after a wreck in Weatherford.

Wade Driskill, 36, of Ranger, died of blunt force injury of cervical spine due to a motor vehicle collision. Texas Department of Transportation workers spotted a fatal wreck that went unnoticed for an undetermined amount of time around 8 p.m. Thursday.

In a Saturday morning interview,  Driskill’s mother, Donna Driskill-Thackerson, said he did not return from a trip to Fort Worth on July 25 and no one had heard from him since the early morning hours of July 26. The family waited the required three days before filing an attempt to locate report.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office had Driskill listed as the driver.

Weatherford police were investigating the wreck on Interstate 20 between the Center Point bridge and the East Bankhead bridge. A construction crew walking in the area located the vehicle, which was not visible to drivers passing on the highway, in a creek or culvert, according to Weatherford Police Lt. Chris Crawford.

The preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle was westbound on I-20 and traveled between the guardrail and wires between the east and westbound lanes before ending up in the creek area, Crawford said. It appears to have been there for some time, though, it was not clear if it was hours or days, according to police.

Driskill was listed as the only victim found at the scene.

The advanced accident team was investigating and the body was taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Eastbound traffic was delayed as the right lane was closed for the emergency personnel at the wreck and construction in the area.

Driskill’s mother said funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Eastside Baptist Church in Ranger. Visitation is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the church.

Driskill was the stepson of Roy Thackerson of Cisco, a musician known as the fingerless fiddler, who lost the fingers of his left hand as a child.

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