Woman dies from injuries in January crash; Death is fourth on 730 in 3 months

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, February 9, 2019
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A Boyd woman involved in a two-vehicle accident on Farm Road 730 in January died Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital from injuries sustained in the accident.

Winogene Mayfield, 81, died at John Peter Smith Hospital where she was flown by medical helicopter Jan. 18.

Mayfield was driving a 2016 Chevrolet passenger car northbound around 2:40 p.m. A 2009 Lexus passenger car driven by Lacretia Lumas, 40, of Bridgeport, went off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, went into the northbound lane and collided with Mayfield’s vehicle.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Ricky Hunter said DPS is aware of Mayfield’s death due to injuries from the crash.

“DPS is presenting the crash investigation to the Wise County District Attorney’s Office, who will decide if criminal charges will be pursued and forwarded to a grand jury,” Hunter said.

Mayfield’s death is the fourth on FM 730 between Boyd and Decatur since Nov. 27. In the final week of January, Texas Department of Transportation crews started grading work along the shoulders to address the deep dropoffs from the roadway to the ditches.

The work followed Decatur ISD joining the cities of Decatur and Boyd in passing a resolution identifying the stretch of FM 730 between Texas 114 and County Road 4181 as a “serious detriment to public safety” and asking TxDOT to move up scheduled improvements.

Boyd ISD trustees will discuss a similar resolution Monday night.

TxDOT spokesperson Bethany Kurtz said in January that a widening and reconstruction of FM 730 from Texas 114 to County Road 4480 is funded for approximately $12 million and is scheduled to begin in 2022. It would add shoulders and culverts, and drainage structures would be extended.

“We have a consultant on board and are working through initial details needed to continue advancing the project. The department continues to work on identifying opportunities to accelerate this project,” Kurtz said.

TxDOT is developing a second project on FM 730 north of CR 4480 to U.S. 81/287 to add shoulders, as well as evaluating the need for turn lanes.

Using TxDOT’s Crash Records Information System Query, there have been 103 recorded crashes on FM 730 between U.S. 81/287 and Texas 114 between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 20, 2018. There have been at least four accidents resulting in fatalities in that time, including the one on Dec. 11 that claimed the lives of Seth Evans and Makayla Stoff. Six people have died in the accidents.

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