Woman, 80, dies after accident Wednesday on Hwy 377 East

October 6, 2012

An 80-year-old Granbury woman died Wednesday night, several hours after sustaining what had appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle accident.

The accident occurred at about 7:45 p.m. in the 3800 block of Highway 377 East, near H-E-B.

Granbury Police Deputy Chief Alan Hines said late Thursday that it is not yet known whether Virginia Blade Martin died from injuries sustained in the accident, or whether there was some other cause. An autopsy will be performed, he said.

Hines said that Martin, who was driving a 2007 Cadillac, exited a parking lot and pulled in front of the 2008 black Ford Mustang driven by Melissa Ann Townley, 35, of Walnut Springs. Townley was westbound, the captain said.

Police officers who responded to the scene said that Martin sustained what appeared to be relatively minor injuries.

“She was up and talking,” Hines said.

However, officers had Martin transported via air ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth as a precaution, according to both Hines and Police Chief Mitch Galvan. Townley was transported to Lake Granbury Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, Hines stated.

Shortly after 11 p.m., Granbury police officials were notified that Martin had died.

Police said there are complicating factors involved in determining who was at fault, such as the fact that the sun had just set.

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