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Local woman killed in accident

November 21, 2011

A Big Spring woman was killed early Sunday morning when the vehicle she was traveling in was involved in a crash on FM 700 near the entrance to Scenic Mountain Medical Center.
Deborah Ann Lewis, 46, was killed when the 2007 Nissan Maxima she was traveling in hit a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban head-on, according to law enforcement officials, with the accident reported just moments after midnight Sunday.
According to the accident report filed with the Big Spring Police Department, Lewis was a passenger in the Maxima, which was being driven by her husband, who was later flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock by Air Evac. His condition was unknown this morning.
The driver of the Suburban, Pedro Herrera, 29, of Big Spring, suffered only minor wounds and refused medical attention and transportation at the scene.
According to the police report, the Maxima was traveling east on FM 700 toward the SMMC south entrance when the driver crossed over the median lane and into the westbound lane, striking the Suburban head-on.
“In a head-on collision like that, it can be really hard to imagine how much force is generated,” said BSPD Det. George Oliver. “If both vehicles are going the speed limit — which is 50 mph on that stretch of roadway — then when the two vehicles hit head-on, it was the equivalent of a vehicle driving into a brick wall at 100 mph. The results are catastrophic.”
Oliver said the accident is currently under investigation by the BSPD. No charges or citations have been issued.
According to the accident report, the roadway was dry and the weather was clear at the time of the accident. Oliver said it's unclear what may have caused or contributed to the tragedy.

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