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Texting blamed in fatal car accident

Texting blamed in fatal car accident

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Eagle Staff Report

A 20-year-old woman who was traveling from Tyler to Bryan with her boyfriend died early Tuesday after their vehicle crashed into a stalled 18-wheeler in Leon County.

The woman's boyfriend, who was driving, told police that he was sending a text message at the time of the accident, authorities said.

The wreck happened about 1:30 a.m. on U.S. 79 in Buffalo, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Kerina Kaybee Bundy, a mail carrier contracted by the U.S. Postal Service to deliver mail from Tyler to Bryan, died an hour after the wreck at East Texas Medical Center in Fairfield, according to a DPS report.

Jourdon Shadoe Martin, also a 20-year-old mail carrier, of Chandler, was driving south on the highway and told police he was texting and did not see a stalled 18-wheeler, a DPS official said. His vehicle struck the rear of rig, the DPS official said.

The investigation was ongoing and no charges had been filed late Tuesday.

Martin was taken to East Texas Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the DPS report. The 40-year-old driver of the 18-wheeler, Christopher Donald Booker of Fresno, was not injured, according to the report.

Bundy was not wearing her seat belt; the others involved in the wreck were, according to the DPS.

The speed limit in the stretch of road is 55 mph. It was not immediately known how fast Martin was traveling.

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