Easter Sunday Tragedy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/20/03

Easter Sunday Tragedy

The helicopter touched down at 4:40 p.m. on Sunday. Emergency personnel arriving to transport 34 year-old Theresa Adame. The driver side of her green Chrysler pummeled by a GMC Yukon during an ill-fated u-turn.

"The driver of the green Chrysler attempted to make a u-turn in the middle of the roadway," said DPS Trooper Jimmy Torres. "The utility vehicle was unable to stop and struck the driver's side of the vehicle," he said.

Preliminary investigations placed the speed of the impact at 55 mph. The vehicle skidded between 80 and 100 feet. In the passenger seat, Theresa's 12 year-old son Joshua. He's listed in stable condition, lacerations minor enough to be transported by ambulance.

The two occupants of the GMC were unharmed, declining to comment on camera. Theresa, however, was in critical condition.

"The female took the brunt of the force on the vehicle," said Torres.

The impact broke her spine and one hip. Her chest wounds included broken ribs. She also sustained head injuries. A culmination of trauma requiring the use of Aero Care.

No citation was issued to the driver of the GMC, Anne Underwood. Theresa Adame was cited for "turning when unsafe." The role of alcohol, if any, remains to be determined.

"There were two unopened containers of alcohol in the rear of the vehicle," said Torres.

Both Theresa and her son were wearing seatbelts.

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