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5/19/09

Multiple accidents cause for concern some county residents say

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As authorities continue their investigation into Tuesday morning's fatal crash in Lubbock County, those who live in the area say safety concerns need to be addressed. A South Plains' toddler died in the crash around 10:30 a.m.  That's when a Lubbock County Sheriff's Cruiser collided with an SUV at Farm to Market 2641 and County Road 1500.

Investigators say it appeared the SUV did not stop at a stop sign.  Hannah Spoon, 3 died in the accident. She was riding in the SUV driven by Kimberly Flores of Littlefield, who suffered minor injuries.  Kyra Nesbitt, 2  was in critical condition at last report. Three others riding in the SUV were not injured. Lubbock County Sheriff's Deputy Ken Mull was treated and released from University Medical Center.

People who live along F.M. 2641 say accidents are far too common in their area. Seven other people have been killed along that stretch of road just this year.  Investigators say those crashes were also caused by people not stopping at a stop sign.

NewsChannel 11 looked further back, and found more deadly and serious accidents caused by the same thing, along F.M. 2641.  "I heard a crash, and I knew immediately it was an accident," Leah Burgett said.  She says this is the third crash she's seen near her home in two years. "People usually drive fast on it. They'll kind of just float through an intersection," Burgett said. 

"We've had numerous out here on 2641," DPS Corporal John Gonzalez says many wrecks were caused by drivers not obeying traffic signs.  In March, six people died just two miles away from Tuesday's wreck when a sedan and SUV collided at F.M. 2641 and C.R. 1700.  Also in March, another man died when investigators say a pick-up ran a stop sign at F.M. 2641 and F.M. 179, and crashed into his SUV. 

Further back, in March of 2008, a Kress woman was seriously injured when she ran a stop sign at F.M. 2641 and North Quaker.  In 2006, a Levelland woman suffered serious injuries when a driver ran the stop sign at F.M. 2641 and F.M. 179, and in 2005, an Odessa woman died when authorities say an Anton woman ran the sign at F.M. 2641 and North University.  "I hope that the people who live out here in this area and this community stop at the signs, because that's why the signs are there," Gonzalez said. 

"It's not worth it. The life of a child, your children, of everybody, you can't be in that big of a hurry that you would risk that," Burgett said.  No one had been charged in Tuesday's crash by Tuesday night.

Authorities also remind folks that county roads have a 60 mph speed limit during the daytime and a 55 mph speed limit at night.

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5/19/09
Littlefield 3-year-old dies in car accident
A Littlefield child is dead and another one in critical condition after the SUV they were riding in collided with a sheriff's deputy in Northwest Lubbock County. NewsChannel 11's Katie Bauer has details.

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