LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Tuesday morning car accident left one person dead and another in serious condition at UMC. Emergency crews responded to the fatal accident just before 9a.m. at the intersection of 82nd Street and Quaker Avenue.
Police say Sherry Patton Swann, 57, was speeding eastbound on 82nd Street when she ran a red light at Quaker Avenue. She hit a BMW head-on as the car was trying to make a left turn with a green light onto Quaker.
"I just heard this big boom outside. In the second it took me to turn around the car was already on fire," 7-11 employee Lori Malone said as she looked at the intersection. "The impact was so bad that it ripped the axle off the car. How she survived I don't know."
In an instant 50-year-old LaDon Madden's BMW was engulfed in flames as twisted chunks of steel flew from her car. Luckily a man nearby saw the accident ran over to Madden and pulled her from the burning car. She was taken to UMC with serious injuries that were non-life threatening.
Police say Swann's silver Tahoe flipped several times after the collision. Swann was not wearing a seat belt and as the SUV flipped she was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.
"All the glass was busted out and the passenger side was mangled," said Malone. "Apparently she flew out of the sunroof of the SUV. Everyone who saw it said she had been going at least 80 miles per hour."
Prior to the accident, a witness had already called 911 reporting Swann was driving erratically, and had run a red light at 82nd Street and Slide, just moments before police say Swann ran the red light at Quaker.
Swann does have a criminal background including an arrest on February 17, 2012 where she was charged with aggravated assault of a public servant, evading arrest with a vehicle and resisting arrest.
Police have not released why Swann was speeding, but a viewer commented on KCBD's Facebook page saying she knew Swann personally. That viewer said Swann had a medical condition that required her to be medicated to control her behavior, and that when she did not take that medication she had problems. Police have not confirmed if that was the case.
UPDATE: UMC reports Wednesday that LaDon Madden has been upgraded to satisfactory condition.