Second senior citizen dies from injuries

Second senior citizen dies from injuries

A second Obion County senior citizen has died as the result of a traffic accident last month on West Reelfoot Avenue in Union City.
Nell Brown, 77, of Obion died Saturday afternoon at Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where she had been a patient since being seriously injured in a Dec. 21 crash in front of Wal-Mart Supercenter at West Reelfoot Avenue and Stad Avenue. (See related obituary, Page 2.)
The accident also claimed the life of Helen Burton, 74, of Rives, who was a passenger in a 1992 Toyota Camry driven by Mrs. Brown.
According to the Union City Police Department, the accident occurred just after 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at the busy intersection. Mrs. Brown was reported to be traveling eastbound on West Reelfoot Avenue when she apparently attempted to turn left to go toward Wal-Mart and turned in front of a westbound 1995 Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by Jamie Purcell, 34, of Arlington, Ky., who was hauling a trailer. Purcell apparently attempted to stop but was unable to do so. The truck struck Mrs. Brown’s car broadside on the passenger side.
Ms. Burton was pronounced dead shortly after the accident, while Mrs. Brown was taken to Regional Medical Center in serious condition, according to police. Purcell was not injured.
In a separate traffic accident over the weekend, a Clinton, Ky., man died early Sunday when the vehicle in which he was a passenger left the roadway and overturned in a creek in Hickman County, Ky.
Justin W. Pruitt, 21, of 203 South College St., Clinton, was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash that occurred about 2:05 a.m. Sunday on Highway 808, about seven miles south of Columbus, Ky., according to the Kentucky State Police.
Pruitt was reported to be a passenger in a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire driven by Melissa D. Burns, 29, of 108 North Waterfield Drive, Clinton.
Ms. Burns was northbound on Kentucky 808 when she entered a curve and dropped off the left shoulder of the roadway, overturning into a creek, the KSP reported in a press release. She was transported to Parkway Regional Hospital in Fulton for treatment of multiple injuries.
Another passenger, Christina R. Teems, 28, of 344 South Washington St., Clinton, refused emergency medical treatment. Pruitt was pronounced dead at the scene by Hickman County deputy coroner Matt Walker.
None of the vehicle occupants were wearing seat belts. The KSP reported that alcohol apparently was a contributing factor in the accident, which remains under investigation by KSP Trooper Brett Miller.
Published in The Messenger 1.14.08

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