Truck hits teens at Reunion

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Two teenagers were seriously injured Friday night when they were hit by a pickup near the entrance to the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion in Decatur.

Pedestrian Struck

PEDESTRIANS STRUCK – Two teenage girls were transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after being hit by a pickup while trying to cross Farm Road 51 South in Decatur on foot Friday night. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Just before 9 p.m., a group of seven young people parked at the gas station on the corner of John Street and Farm Road 51 South and were attempting to cross the highway to go to the Reunion.

Barbara Crawford, 19, of Bridgeport, Kassi York, 15, of Bridgeport, and Tamara Sparkman, 16, of Chico linked arms and crossed the southbound lanes of 51. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said traffic was backed up in the center turn lane, and the girls walked between cars and then stepped in front of a northbound Chevy S-10 pickup.

Nathen Dawson, 21, who said he’s engaged to Crawford, said he tried to tell the girls to stop.

“We were right there on the white line [in the center of the southbound lanes], and I told them to hurry up and get to the middle,” he said. “I yelled for them to stop, but they didn’t hear.”

The pickup, driven by William Boaz, 55, of Decatur, struck Crawford and York, who was more seriously injured. Hoskins said she suffered a direct hit and flew about 30 feet, breaking her pelvis.

Crawford was hit by the side mirror.

The third teen, Sparkman, was knocked to the ground and had a scraped arm and knee but was not transported.

York and Crawford were both taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. York was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68, and Crawford was transported by Wise County EMS. Crawford was released from the hospital Saturday, and York was released Monday.

Hoskins said Boaz was not injured and is not facing any charges related to the accident.

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