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Eustace man dies in tragic accident

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VAN ZANDT COUNTY–A Eustace man died tragically following a collision May 30 when the Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) he was driving was struck in a two-vehicle crash on Farm to Market 1861.
Charles Russell Easley,73, was driving his 2008 Kawasaki Mule eastbound on FM 1861 in Van Zandt County. According to reports, Christina Shawn Zark, 51, also of Eustace, was driving behind Easley when she traveled to the westbound lane in a passing zone in her 1999 Mazda B Series, near the intersection of VZ County Road 2908. Easley was attempting a left turn onto CR 2908 when the crash occurred.
The Kawasaki went into a side skid and overturned, partially ejecting Easley. He was transported to CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler where he later died. Zark was treated at the scene and released.
The crash remains under investigation.