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10/19/07

Local Doctor & Wife Killed in Crash

The West Texas medical community is mourning the loss of one of their own after a tragic crash in southwest Lubbock County Friday evening.

DPS tells us that Dr. Winston Whitt and his wife Venida were killed when their Jeep collided head on with a semi around 6:45PM. The accident occurred just south of Wolfforth on FM-179 and 194th Street.

Eyewitness accounts from the driver of the semi and other drivers told DPS that the Jeep carrying Doctor and Mrs. Whitt did not stop at the two way stop intersection.  The semi truck jack-knifed and crushed the Jeep.

Debris was spread across the field where to two vehicles landed. DPS along with Lubbock firefighters and EMS were called to the scene. Upon arrival, Doctor and Mrs. Whitt were found dead in the Jeep.

We caught up with Greg Bruce after the accident. Bruce is the Vice President of UMC, grew up in Abilene with Dr. Whitt and went to school with him. Bruce says that if Dr. Whitt had a fault as a doctor, it was spending too much time with his patients.

"Winston had a passion for people. Winston went into nursing because he wanted to help people and then went into medicine to become a physician because he wanted to help people," said Bruce.

We have learned that the driver of the semi is in satisfactory condition at UMC and will likely be released sometime Friday night.

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