Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Local News

September 11, 2013

Two deaths in recent auto accidents around Santo

By CLINT FOSTER

Over the course of the past two weeks, two people have died in car accidents and both in relatively the same area outside of Santo.

The first accident occurred Aug. 28 on Interstate 20 by the U.S. Highway 281 exit ramp. Texas Department of Public Safety Senior Trooper Gary M. Rozzell said Lacy Smith Jr., 53, of Dallas ran out of gas around 11 p.m. and left his car near the off ramp to go fill up his gas can. As Smith was walking back to his car in the right lane of traffic, a 2012 Mazda, westbound on I-20, struck Smith and killed him.

Rozzell said Smith was wearing dark clothes so the driver of the Mazda could not see him. Rozzell said the driver knew he hit something, so he quickly pulled over at a nearby store to report the accident. The driver was at the scene when DPS arrived. Rozzell said the case was taken to the district attorney, but he believed no charges were filed under the circumstances.

Fast forward to Sunday around 12:14 p.m. – in the same area on I-20 – when, according to Rozzell, Warren William Griffith, 71, of Irving was driving his 2004 Mercury Mountaineer westbound on I-20 and moved left on the roadway and struck the guardrail on the overpass over U.S. 281. Griffith’s vehicle rolled and ripped off the driver’s side door before it came to rest on the guardrail. Griffith was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Rozzell said no alcohol was involved.

Behind this accident, yet another occurred, but there were no fatalities. Rozzell said traffic was stopped within less than a quarter-mile of Griffith’s accident and a semi was stopped behind a vehicle. Rozzell said a 2003 Chevrolet SUV came westbound behind the semi and swerved to avoid hitting it. The driver swerved right, fishtailed in the grass and made a 180-degree turn before it came back up on the highway and slid into a 2003 Ford pickup’s right rear corner with its passenger side. The pickup drove away from the scene, but one of the passengers in the Chevy was transported by Air Evac to John Peter Smith Hospital with minor injuries. The Chevy was towed and the driver was issued a citation for failure to control speed.

Follow Clint on Twitter @Clint_Foster55

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Jordan Paredes Weatherford teen dies following wreck near Brock

    WEATHERFORD -- A 16-year-old Weatherford teen injured in a single-vehicle wreck near Brock last week died Tuesday afternoon at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner. 

    Jordan Paredes, reported by relatives to be in a coma following the wreck, was pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m. in the trauma intensive care unit, the medical examiner reported. 

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_4680.jpg Perrin FFA members attend Texas FFA convention in FW

    Members from the Perrin FFA chapter attended the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 14-18 in Fort Worth.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • shoplift2.jpg Buffalo killer, store shoplifter targets of police, Crime Stoppers this week

    Police are seeking leads on the death of a Mineral Wells man’s pet buffalo.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Five teens hospitalized after wreck near Brock

    BROCK – Alcohol may have been involved in a wreck Wednesday near Brock that sent five teens to the hospital, including two with life-threatening injuries, according to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

  • 0727 loc pet Molly.jpg PET OF THE WEEK: Molly left behind

    Molly is a 5-6 year old Dachshund. Molly’s previous owners had to let her go when they moved and found out that they would be unable to keep her as a pet, so they brought her into the Mineral Wells Animal Shelter. Molly is the sweetest little dog you’ve ever seen.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lillian Peek Cottage Benefit Golf Tournament is Saturday at Canyon West

    Lillian Peek Cottage Benefit Golf Tournament hosted by The MWHS 50 Year Club is Saturday, July 26, at Canyon West Golf Club, 160 Canyon Road, Weatherford, TX 76087.

    July 24, 2014

  • Kitchen Boot Camp for kids

    PALO PINTO – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Palo Pinto County will be hosting day camps with a focus on food and fun.

    July 24, 2014

  • 0727 loc Blue heeler.jpg ADOPTABLE PET: Brighten Blue's day

    Sweet Blue is a 9-month-old female catahoula/red heeler mix. She is a laid back and quiet, a medium-sized girl searching for her forever home.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • USDA processes 106,000 payments to farmers for grazing, livestock losses

    WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster assistance programs, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.

    July 24, 2014

  • Richard Adams Sr. Hudson Oaks firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges

    HUDSON OAKS – A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period. Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index


Click on a photo to visit our SmugMug page

Front page
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Must Read