Wreck causes fatality
Jul 08, 2012 | 1758 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Dallas woman died and two men were injured as the result of an auto-pickup collision at the intersection of U.S. 259 and FM 726 between Ore City and Diana last Saturday afternoon, said the Texas Dept. of Public Safety.

Velma Ridley, 72, died at 5:16 p.m. at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, following the 4:25 p.m. crash, said DPS Public Information Officer Jean Dark.

The victim’s brother, 70-year-old Douglas Turner of Garland, and Jose Mendez, 63, of Ore City, were both in stable condition at that hospital, Mendez with a broken arm and Turner with lacerations, Ms. Dark said Friday.

Mendez was driving a 2008 Dodge 1500 pickup southbound on U.S. 259 when it struck broadside a 2009 Chevrolet Impala operated by Turner and occupied by Ms. Ridley, the DPS said.

The car, westbound on FM 726, was struck on the passenger side, said DPS spokesman Jonathan Anderson.

Turner received a citation for failure to yield right-of-way at the intersection, which has a flashing red light and stop sign for traffic on FM 726, Anderson said.

Ms. Ridley’s body was taken to Peaceful Rest Funeral Home in Dallas, where a spokesman said Friday that she and Turner were returning from a family reunion when the accident occurred.

Turner is preacher for a Church of Christ in Ferris, the funeral home said.

All three persons involved in the crash were wearing seat belts, Ms. Dark said.

DPS Cpl. Sandy Mac Taylor, assisted by Trooper Brandon Love, investigated the accident. Dr. Christopher Klingenberg, a physician at Good Shepherd, pronounced Ms. Ridley dead.

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