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1 Dead, 1 Injured in Shelby County Pedestrian Accident

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Jarod Cassidy2 years ago

Authorities in Shelby County, Texas are investigating a pedestrian accident that left a young woman dead and another pedestrian hospitalized last night. Preliminary reports indicate the two Good Samaritans were assisting another motorist when the accident occurred.

Details of the Fatal Accident

According to KLTV, 19-year-old Kadeshia Simone Barfield and 24-year-old Demanio Lavandrick Howard, both of Mansfield, Louisiana, had stopped to assist a stranded motorist along State Highway 7 about five miles east of Center, Texas when they were both struck by a 2010 Ford Fusion.

Barfield was pronounced dead at the scene, and Howard was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment – he was later released.

The driver of the Ford Fusion, Mitzi Rey Baker-Kennedy, 47, remained at the scene of the accident. Baker-Kennedy was not injured in the incident.

Authorities are still investigating the accident.

Texas Traffic Accident Statistics

  • The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recorded 3,534 traffic fatalities in 2014 – a 3.7-percent increase over the 3,408 deaths reported in 2013.
  • Pedestrian fatalities accounted for 486 deaths in 2014.
  • 55.86 percent of traffic fatalities recorded in Texas in 2014 were associated with crashes that occurred in rural areas of the state.
  • An additional 237,941 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2014, averaging to one injury every 2 minutes and 13 seconds.


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