DPS: Elderly Woman Riding on a Couch in an RV Killed in Bizarre Crash


ABILENE – An 80-year-old woman riding on a couch in an RV was killed in a crash when the vehicle had a blowout and crashed east of Abilene Saturday.  

According to the Texas Department of Safety, Sharon Barry Smith of Lake Kiowa, TX was a passenger in a recreational vehicle eastbound on I-20 just east of Abilene when the crash occurred.  The RV was towing a 2020 GMC pickup and was being driven by 52-year-old Richard B. Smith of Allen, TX.  

The left front tire of the RV blew out causing the rig to crash.  The elderly Mrs. Smith was seated on the build-in couch behind the driver and was not wearing a seatbelt and died in the crash.  She was pronounced deceased by Callahan County Justice of the Peace Tom Rumfield.  

The driver was not injured.  The skies were clear and the roadway was dry at the time of the crash.

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