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19-year-old female killed on Dyer County road in single vehicle accident

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Pontiac Sunfire driven by a 19-year-old Newbern woman lies at the bottom of a ditch along Lexie Cobb Road in Dyer County. The driver of the vehicle was later pronounced dead at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a motor vehicle accident that resulted in the death of a 19-year-old woman from Newbern on Wednesday afternoon.

The accident occurred around noon along a stretch of Lexie Cobb Road between Hoss Everett Road and Katie Cove. Officials say the driver of a blue Pontiac Sunfire was headed west on Lexie Cobb Road when she hit frozen precipitation on a bridge and veered off down a drainage ditch. The driver was reportedly the only person in the vehicle and she was ejected upon impact. A witness to the accident called Dyer County dispatch and emergency responders rushed to the scene. Emergency personnel carried the victim up the almost 20 foot embankment and she was transported to Dyersburg Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

THP Trooper Brian Pulley is working the accident and said it is likely the result of ice being on the bridge and going too fast. Officials are not releasing the victim's name at this time.

THP troopers mark off the path the vehicle took before it veered down a drainage ditch on Lexi Cobb Road. The vehicle traveled across this bridge with frozen precipitation still on it from Wednesday morning's winter event.
Dyer County Sheriff Chief Deputy Mike Boals, who is also a retired state trooper, was at the scene and said there have been numerous wrecks at that spot over the years.

Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box and several of his deputies were at the scene assisting with the accident. Box stated motorists should all be careful while traveling the next day or two while precipitation is still on the roads.

"Motorists should watch bridges and overpasses especially and drive lower than the speed limit," said Box. "And they definitely need to wear their seatbelt."

The Pontiac lies at the bottom of the ditch after emergency responders transported the 19-year-old driver to the ER at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.
Since Tuesday evening there have been several accidents in the county:

* Highway 104 East at the city limits at approximately 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday -- no injuries.

* One vehicle in the median of Highway 412 near Beaver Road at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

A Dyer County Road Department truck, with attached snowplow, arrives at the scene after the accident occurred.
* Two people injured Wednesday morning on Highway 210 North at Peach Road.

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the death rate by automobile is higher than death by murder.

everyone is afraid of guns, no one is afraid of your 3000 lb SUV travelling at 60mph.

-- Posted by peanutvoss on Wed, Dec 26, 2012, at 6:33 PM

How dare you try to politicize her death you heartless punk. She is one of.the sweetest girls I have ever known and for you to try to start a political arguement shows your lack of moral character and spine. I wish you had the nerve to say that in front me.

-- Posted by MidTn1 on Wed, Dec 26, 2012, at 9:54 PM

I did not know this young girl but I am praying for the family in their time of loss.

-- Posted by Sara_diane84 on Wed, Dec 26, 2012, at 11:25 PM

So very sad. Praying for the family.

-- Posted by DireStrait on Thu, Dec 27, 2012, at 1:01 AM

peanutvoss maybe you should change your name to peanutbrain. You have to pass a test, have a license, get insurance, and register your car before you can drive. You can just buy a gun. I've lost loved ones in both ways.

I feel for the family and I am sorry for their loss.

-- Posted by redbaron on Thu, Dec 27, 2012, at 9:43 AM

people please engage your seat belts when in a traveling automobile. most of the time this allows the automobile to take the brunt of the crash instead of the driver. this is such a lovely young college lady that has been taken from her family, loved ones, and new college friends. it's just a complete tragedy.

-- Posted by closerlook on Fri, Dec 28, 2012, at 6:23 AM

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