According to witnesses, Edith Marie Hopkins, a well-known member of the Pettus community, was crossing U.S. Highway 181 traveling east on FM 623 when the accident occurred.
The report filed by Highway Patrol troopers who investigated the accident said Hopkins did not stop at the stop sign at the intersection.
Randall Puryel of Belton said he was northbound in a 1995 Kenworth semi on U.S. 181 after leaving a rock quarry nearby when he noticed that Hopkins had pulled in front of him. Puryear said he was only going about 35 miles an hour in his 18-wheeler truck but when Hopkins saw him, she stopped in the middle of the intersection, apparently trying to decide what to do.
That apparently made it impossible for the trucker to avoid the collision. His truck hit the sedan on the right front side where the front door met the fender.
Witnesses said the impact caused Hopkin’s vehicle to spin around and come to rest against a building at the northwest corner of the intersection.
Puryear appeared shaken as firemen used extrication tools to remove the right side front door of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala that Hopkins was driving. But the trucker was uninjured.
Hopkins showed signs of life as she was placed inside an ambulance from the Angel Care Ambulance Service.
She was rushed to Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville and then taken in a HALO-Flight helicopter to Corpus Christi.
Puryear was driving a truck owned by G.P. Transport of Gregory at the time of the accident. He said other rock trucks were leaving the quarry with him when the accident occurred.