The Kilgore community is hurting this weekend after a married couple who owned a business downtown were killed in an automobile accident near Gladewater on Friday.
According to M. Roberts Media reports, Adam Benjamin Chadbourne, 35, was the driver of one of the cars in the two-car accident; his wife, Sarah Elizabeth Chadbourne, also 35, and of Gladewater, was also in the front seat. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Officer Jean Dark. Two children, a 12-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl, were taken to a Longview hospital, although their condition at this writing is uncertain.
The Chadbournes own Eclectic Culture, in downtown Kilgore.
Dark said at 7:56 p.m. Friday, DPS responded to an accident about a mile east of Gladewater on 2275. Preliminary reports concluded that the driver of the other vehicle involved, a 16-year-old whose name was not released, was traveling west on 2275, while the car in which the Chadbournes were riding was headed north on Texas Street, approaching the intersection with 2275.
Chadbourne failed to stop at the intersection and was hit by the truck. The driver of the truck and two other minors were treated and released from a nearby medical center.
The Chadbournes’ store, Eclectic Culture, is located at 100 North Kilgore Street, and is a furniture store.
A GoFundMe account has been set up on GoFundMe.com for the Chadbourne family, and with a goal of $15,000, as of Saturday evening at this writing, $13,505 had already been raised. Kilgore takes care of its own, especially in tragic situations.
On the GoFundMe page for the Chadbournes, there is this text:
“Our hearts are deeply broken with the loss of Sarah and Adam. Even at the worst of times, Sarah had a smile and we know Adam adored Sarah as much as we did. We will forever share that with their kids.”
After a brief update on the children, it continues:
“As young small business owners, there was no mental or financial planning for this tragic accident, so we’ve set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs and care for the children. There is a lot of unknown for them right now, so anything will help. …Please pray for a speedy recovery (for) the kids and our family as we are devastated and still in shock. Please share.”
There will be more on kilgorenewsherald.com this week on this horrible event, if there are any updates.