Driver Confusion Results in the Death of Vehicle Passenger - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/15/04

Driver Confusion Results in the Death of Vehicle Passenger

A Lubbock County intersection became the sight of a deadly accident Wednesday afternoon.

Around 5 p.m., DPS Troopers say a Chevy Lumina collided with a Lincoln Navigator. It happened at the intersection of the Clovis Highway (US 84) and Frankford (FM 2528).

The Lumina was driven by 40 year old Linda Waide of Gallup, New Mexico. According to DPS officials, Waide stopped at a flashing red light and then proceeded into the intersection, while falsely assuming the light flashed red in all four directions.

The Navigator was driven by Edward Wuerflein, of Hereford. Wuerflein entered the intersection on a flashing yellow light, and attempted to avoid the Lumina, but to no avail. His SUV crashed into the vehicle's passenger side, critically injuring 73 year old Clara Waide of Hale Center.

Aerocare transported Clara Waide to Covenant Medical Center, where she later died.

EMS also transported Linda Waide to Covenenat Medical Center. As of Thursday afternoon, she was listed in satisfactory condition. Both women were wearing their safety belts.

Wuerflein was not injured.

Troopers say the traffic signals flash only when a train is passing by, just south of the intersection.

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