Collision kills man

By Julie Neal | Published Thursday, December 2, 2010

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THREE CAR ACCIDENT - Charles Barber's Hyundai Sonata leaked oil and anti-freeze after a head-on collision that killed Jimmy Bostic of Cleburne. A Chevrolet Tahoe was also damaged in the three car accident. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

A Cleburne man was killed in a three-vehicle accident near Cottondale Monday afternoon.

Jimmy Burl Bostic, 70, was pronounced dead on the scene by Justice of the Peace Mark Autry after the crash on Farm Road 51 South, just north of County Road 2123.

According to State Trooper Brandon Chaney, Bostic was traveling northbound around 1:15 when his passenger car veered into southbound traffic, striking head on a passenger car driven by Charles Voight, 67, of Boyd. Bostic’s car left the road, ending up in a wooded ditch.

A SUV behind Bostic swerved to avoid the wreck, rolled several times and landed a distance from the roadway. In the sports utility vehicle were Annalee Anita Whitetto, 32, of Gainesville and 15-year-old Astra Lashley of Boyd.

“I do believe they just reacted to the collision and traveled off the road,” Chaney said.

Lashley, Whitetto and Voight were transported to Wise Regional Health System with non-life threatening injuries.

Josh Hassell was driving behind the SUV and saw it roll several times. However, once out of his car, he said he was unaware of Bostic’s car in the ditch.

“It freaked me out,” Hassell said. “I never knew there was a car over there.”

Chris Wilson, who works at a nearby business, grabbed a fire extinguisher to put out Voight’s smoking car.

“I ran with it,” he said.

When Whitetto scrambled out of the SUV, she left it running. Wilson was able to reach underneath the vehicle and turn off the ignition, he said.

The cause for the crash is still under investigation, but no alcohol was believed to be involved.

Bostic was a regular visitor for more than 10 years to the county and district clerk offices in Decatur where he searched records for background checks.

Sandy McDaniel, district clerk employee, remembers Bostic as a wonderful man who doted on his wife.

“He just worshiped her,” McDaniel said. “He was a wonderful, caring man. He will be missed.”

McDaniel’s co-worker Lucrecia Biggerstaff became teary-eyed when she spoke about the man she saw every day.

“He was pretty precious,” she said. “He just came in every day and brightened the room when he walked in. He always gave us a hard time.

“One day during the summer, I got something for him, he said, ‘thank you,’ and I said, ‘you owe me a Coke.’ Well the next day he brought us all a big Coke from Dairy Queen.”

His adopted co-workers best remember the many stories he had to tell. Some were about his family while others were about his time as a police officer.

“When he was a Dallas police officer, he got shot, and he told us all about that,” Biggerstaff said. “That and how he would have to chase people down. He had some pretty rough stories that he told, but he would always make them funny. It was always something.”

After several years of counting on his stories in the mid-afternoon, Biggerstaff laments what she will miss about Bostic the most.

“Him walking in the door every day,” she said.

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