An elderly Van Zandt County couple was killed in a Monday afternoon two vehicle head-on collision near Lake Tawakoni, while a third Wills Point resident was seriously injured.

The driver of the second vehicle is being investigated for possibly being under the influence a medication at the time of the crash, according to Trooper Paul Smith with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

“A blood sample was taken and has been sent to our crime lab in Garland”, Smith said following the accident, which occurred at around 1:25 p.m. Monday on Farm-to-Market Road 751, about four miles south of Highway 276.

George Dillard and his wife, Flesta “Doris” Dillard”, 78, of Wills Point, were driving a Chevrolet Lumina southbound on the roadway, while Eddie Malone, 47, of Quinlan was northbound in a red Nissan Maxima and the two met on a bridge just south of the intersection of County Road

“Mr. Malone was driving very erratically, according to witnesses, and he was driving on the wrong side of the road,” Smith said, adding the Dillards attempted to avoid Malone’s car.

“They pulled over as much as they can on the shoulder, but there really wasn’t a lot of room,” Smith said.

Malone’s car hit the Dillard’s head-on, Smith said. The Dillards were pronounced dead at the scene, while a passenger in the rear seat of the Lumina, Earnest Peters, 74, of Wills Point, was transported to Parkland Hospital of Dallas with what was believed to have been a broken back.

George Dillard’s age was not immediately available, although Smith said he was about the same age as his wife.

Malone was transported to Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville with unknown injuries.

“There is an investigation under way for him being under the influence of painkillers,” Smith said.

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