|Sulphur Springs woman dies after vehicle hits tree|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Aug. 16, 2004 -- A 21-year-old Sulphur Springs woman died Sunday night when her vehicle smashed into a tree after rolling over on State Highway 11 west near Mount Zion church, making her the 21st person to die in a traffic accident in Hopkins County this year. A 23-year-old Sulphur Springs man remained in Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Monday morning, where he was taken by ambulance following the accident.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup pronounced Lindsey Nicole Bolton dead at the scene at 10:55 p.m. Sunday. The incident is, at this point, being considered accidental, although state troopers were still investigating what caused Bolton to run off the road, setting the wreck in motion.
Emergency responders were dispatched to the accident 11.5 miles west of Sulphur Springs at 10:24 p.m. Sunday. State Troopers David Reynolds, Brian Worley and Bill Reese from Sulphur Springs Department of Public Safety office, and Trooper Cody Sanders from Emory responded along with State Trooper Corey Kernell, who was in charge of the accident investigation. Hopkins County Sheriff's Deputies Richard Greer and Adam Herrmann also assisted troopers with traffic control, while Cumby and Peerless firefighters worked with paramedics at the accident scene.
When officials arrived, they found both Bolton and passenger Jeremy James Thompson still fastened in their seat belts in the 2000 model Chevrolet vehicle which smashed drive's side first into a tree.
Troopers said Bolton and Thompson were traveling east on State Highway 11 west toward Sulphur Springs at about 10:25 p.m. when Bolton apparently lost control of the vehicle, causing the it to leave the road on the left, overturning until the driver's side of the vehicle collided with a tree, according to initial reports.
James Thompson was transported to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, where he was in stable condition Monday morning.
Funeral arrangements for Bolton were pending early Monday morning with Tapp Funeral Home.
The Sunday accident marks the 12th wreck in Hopkins County this year that has resulted in at least one death, and the second to occur on State Highway 11 west. A student of Texas A&M University Commerce was killed after being ejected from his vehicle which struck a tree around 10:45 p.m. Feb. 2.