2012-09-14 / News

Rollovers on Monday, Tuesday send one driver to hospital

By JIM LOWE
Staff Writer


A 1997 Toyota 4Ruunner rolled over Tuesday afternoon north of town on U.S. Highway 281. The driver was taken to Rollins Brook Community Hospital with what were believed to have been superficial cuts and scrapes to his arms, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. 
PHOTOS BY JIM LOWE A 1997 Toyota 4Ruunner rolled over Tuesday afternoon north of town on U.S. Highway 281. The driver was taken to Rollins Brook Community Hospital with what were believed to have been superficial cuts and scrapes to his arms, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. PHOTOS BY JIM LOWE The drivers in two one-vehicle rollovers earlier this week apparently escaped serious injury, officials said.

On Tuesday about 12:50 p.m., the second of the two accidents occurred four to five miles north of town on U.S. Highway 281.

The day before, the Texas Department of Public Safety was called at 9:55 a.m. about a rollover one mile north of Lampasas on U.S. 183/190.

Troopers Jacob Wheeler andAndrew Lott of Mills County investigated the Tuesday rollover, and Wheeler gave the following account.

Austin Shoemaker, 20, of Lampasas, was driving a southbound 1997 Toyota 4Runner toward Lampasas. He reached down to change a station on his iPod, the trooper said.


The driver of a southbound 2000 Chevy Cavalier drove off the right side of U.S. Highway 183/190 one mile north of town and overcorrected, which caused the car to roll over. The driver of a southbound 2000 Chevy Cavalier drove off the right side of U.S. Highway 183/190 one mile north of town and overcorrected, which caused the car to roll over. In the process, the vehicle veered off the roadway onto an unimproved shoulder on the right side of the highway. The driver overcorrected to his left and lost control of the Toyota.

The 4Runner, which crossed all lanes of traffic, went into a side skid, and the vehicle ended up in a bar ditch on the east side of the highway. The Toyota came to rest on the driver’s side, facing southeast.

The vehicle, which had to be towed from the scene, was believed to have been totaled.

CapitalAmbulance transported Shoemaker, who was the sole occupant of the 4Runner, to Rollins Brook Community Hospital. The driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Shoemaker sustained superficial cuts and scrapes to his arms, the trooper said.

The Lampasas Fire Department and Lampasas County Sheriff’s Department also assisted at the scene.

A little more than 24 hours earlier, DPS Cpl. 5 Jimmy Chesnut of Lampasas investigated the other rollover.

In that accident on U.S. 183/190 – a short distance northwest of Lampasas Cattle Auction – a 2000 two-door Chevy Cavalier driven by Janet Walsh rolled over halfway.

Ms. Walsh of Lometa was southbound when the vehicle she was driving ran off the right side of the highway onto the grass.

As she approached a road sign, she overcorrected to the left and ran off the highway on the northbound side. She then overcorrected to the right, which caused the car to roll over, the trooper said.

The Cavalier, which was totaled, had to be towed from the scene.

The driver, who refused treatment for what Chesnut said were minor injuries, was wearing a seat belt.

Ms. Walsh – the only occupant of the Chevy – was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

The fire department, sheriff’s department, Lampasas Police Department and Capital Ambulance assisted at the accident site.

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