Head-on collision injures 2 women

May 22, 2013

Judy Meek Mathews, 58, of Reno, was seriously injured when her black 2010 Scion XB was struck head on by a vehicle passing illegally  Saturday, May 18, on FM 730 North near Peden Road. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

Judy Meek Mathews, 58, of Reno, was seriously injured when her black 2010 Scion XB was struck head on by a vehicle passing illegally Saturday, May 18, on FM 730 North near Peden Road.
Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Two area women were seriously injured Saturday, May 18 about 12:50 p.m. in a head on collision in the 12400 block of FM 730 North just north of its intersection with Peden Road.
Valerie Nicole Traglor-Ellis, 24, was taken by AirEvac air ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with incapacitating injuries, according to the accident report filed by Azle police officer J. Lashbrook. Her condition was not known at press time Tuesday.
Judy Meek Mathews, 58, of Reno, also received incapacitating injuries as a result of the accident. She was taken by Eagle Mountain ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
According to the report, Traglor-Ellis was a passenger in a red 2002 Pontiac Gran Am driven by 28-year-old Steven Ray Weinel of Azle. Weinel was northbound on FM 730 North behind another vehicle.
The report states Weinel was going from side to side, looking to pass the vehicle in front of him. Then Weinel passed the other vehicle, pulling into the southbound lane of the roadway, where he collided head on with a black 2010 Scion XB driven by Mathews.
Weinel was not injured in the crash. He was cited at the scene for reckless driving as well as no driver’s license.
Firefighters and paramedics from the Azle Fire Department, Briar Volunteer Fire Department and Eagle Mountain Fire Department, as well as an AirEvac air ambulance and flight team responded to the scene to care for the injured.
Azle police investigated the accident and Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies assisted with traffic control at the scene.

The passenger in the red 2002 Pontiac Gran Am pictured right was taken to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth by AirEvac air ambulance with serious injuries. The driver was uninjured.

The passenger in the red 2002 Pontiac Gran Am pictured right was taken to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth by AirEvac air ambulance with serious injuries. The driver was uninjured.

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