77-Year-Old Woman Dies in U.S. 75 Crash

77-Year-Old Woman Dies in U.S. 75 Crash

On Monday evening, the northbound U.S. Highway 75 was shut down for several hours while the Plano Police Department investigated a multi-vehicle collision involving a stalled vehicle, a Good Samaritan who tried to help, and a third vehicle that didn’t stop in time.

At 9:53 p.m. the Plano PD responded to a multi-vehicle collision that left a 77-year-old woman dead. The crash occurred on the northbound U.S. 75, just past the President George Bush Turnpike.

The investigation determined that a 2007 white Kia Spectra had stalled in the far left lane. A man driving in a 2011 red Ford E350 van saw the stalled vehicle and in an effort to help, stopped the van directly behind the Kia.

Shortly afterwards, a 2013 blue Honda Fit travelling in the far left lane approached the vehicles. The driver of the Honda failed to see the vehicles and slammed into the rear of the van.

The impact was so severe that it sent the van crossing into the HOV lane, where it struck a concrete barrier and pushed it into the southbound lanes, according to Plano PD Spokesman Officer David Tilley.

The driver of the Honda was an 84-year-old male from Pottsboro; he was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. A female passenger, identified as E. Cubillos, 77, of Pottsboro, was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither the driver nor the occupant of the Honda were wearing seatbelts.

The owner of the van and the stalled Kia were unharmed in the wreck.

The U.S. Highway was closed for about four hours as officers investigated the scene and cleared the road of debris. The U.S. Highway 75 was reopened around 2 a.m.

Tilley said that they firmly believe that safety belts save lives, and that is why a law was created with the intent to reduce the risk of serious injuries and death. We’ll never know what would have happened to them if they had been wearing their seatbelts, said Tilley.

Cubillos is the fourth person to die in a traffic fatality in Plano this year, the Plano Star Courier reports.

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