Highway 80 wreck claims life

Published 9:19 am Sunday, June 20, 2010


A Pontiac Grand Am was involved in the fatal wreck.

By Eason Franklin
The Lowndes Signal

One person is dead and another is in critical condition after a fatal wreck along Highway 80 West last weekend involving a white minivan and purple Grand Am.

The accident occurred around 11:15 a.m. on June 19 about one-half mile west of the Southern Sportsman’s Lodge in Tyler.

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The driver of the Grand Am, 19-year-old Desiree Davis of Montgomery, was pronounced dead on arrival by Lowndes County Deputy Coroner Barbara Evans.

Official reports of the autopsy from the Lowndes County coroner have not been released.

The driver of the minivan, 48-year-old Phyllis Richardson of Pike Road, was airlifted to Baptist South in Montgomery, according to Sgt. Steve Jarrett of the Alabama State Troopers.

Richardson is expected to make a successful recovery, according to state trooper Bruce Little.

Davis was heading eastbound on Highway 80 when she lost control of her vehicle and crossed into the westbound lane.

Speeding is said to have been the key factor in the accident.