By JESSIE HORTON
ERATH COUNTY (January 30, 2016) — A two-vehicle accident on US Hwy. 377/67 took the life of one Stephenville man and sent a woman to a Fort Worth hospital Saturday morning.
According to Texas DPS Public Information Officer Dub Gillum, Billy Edward Runnion, 75 of Stephenville, was driving a 2006 white Chevy pickup and stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of County Road 195.
Witnesses said Runnion pulled right out in front of oncoming traffic in an attempt to cross into the center turn lane and was struck broadside by a maroon 1998 Ford Mustang driven by Karen Price, 48 of Stephenville. Gillum said early investigations indicated the Mustang was traveling at approximately 70 mph just before impact.
Erath County EMS, Erath County Volunteer Fire Rescue, Dublin Volunteer Fire Department, Cross Timbers and others responded to the scene. Traffic in the southbound lanes was down to one lane, while northbound lanes were unaffected.
Price was extracted from her vehicle and taken via Careflight to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Erath County Justice of the Peace, Bart Greenaway, was called to the scene and pronounced Runnion dead at the scene.