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Driver clocked at 121 mph before wreck that killed pregnant woman, sister in Lumberton
LUMBERTON - by Scott Lawrence
A driver who caused a collision that killed a pregnant woman was clocked at 121 miles an hour just before she crashed into the back of another vehicle in Lumberton, and troopers in Jasper County clocked her at 150 miles an hour when they first spotted the speeding driver, according to information Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins provided to KFDM News.
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Chief Sullins has identified the victim as Connely Renee Burns, 20, of Lumberton. She was in the rear seat of her family's Nissan Murano. Her sister, Courtney Ray Sterling, 15, of Lumberton, was driving the Murano. Their mother, Dawn Sterling, 46, was in the front passenger seat. They're in critical condition at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, according to Sullins.
The woman driving the 2012 Camaro that struck the Murano is identified as Crystal Lummus Boyett, 40, of Kirbyville, according to the chief. She's at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth undergoing treatment for what the chief calls non-life threatening injuries. He said a blood sample was drawn from her, which is standard procedure in such an accident. Sullins told us investigators are trying to determine why she was driving so fast and why she caused the accident.
Chief Sullins says his department received a call shortly before 8 p.m. Monday for an attempt to locate the driver of a red 2012 Chevrolet Camaro traveling south from Jasper County. Sullins says a DPS trooper clocked the driver at a speed greater than 150 miles an hour.
Sullins' officers were working a minor accident on Highway 96 in the north end of Lumberton when they saw the vehicle come by and clocked it at 121 miles an hour. They saw the driver going in and out of traffic before they lost sight of the Camaro.
Sullins says one of his officers working in the sound end of Lumberton saw the crash in his rearview mirror. Sullins called it a "horrific scene." The Camaro struck the rear of the Murano and pushed it off the highway and onto the grassy median near the service road.
Justice of the Peace Butch Cummings pronounced Connely Burns dead at the scene. Chief Sullins says Burns graduated from Lumberton High School. He told us her husband was working in the oil industry in North Dakota when he learned about the accident that killed his wife and her their unborn child. He's traveling back to Lumberton to be with the family.