Zavalla woman dies in one-vehicle wreck on FM 2109

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Zavalla woman died Wednesday morning following a one-vehicle wreck near Zavalla.

It's a scene Phil Clark says he won't soon forget. Just moments after being passed on a Zavalla farm road, he drove up on the same driver's mangled truck.

"She just passed me on this road, and when I come around the curve, she was already in a ditch," said Clark.

DPS Investigators say 51-year-old Teresa Leviness Carson was driving too fast in a curve along FM 2109.

"No rate of speed is worth your life," said DPS Trooper Tamela Snider.

Witnesses say the victim was traveling southbound, 4 miles south of Zavalla, at a high rate of speed before she lost control, trying to avoid a ditch. When she overcorrected, her vehicle left the roadway, and struck a tree before she was ejected from her Ford pickup.

"She was in a hurry, you can tell," said Clark.

Clark was heading to Zavalla for business, when he says Carson passed him and another driver before losing control, slamming into a tree. When Clark arrived, he says the woman was laying in the grass. Afraid of causing more injuries, he and another witness couldn't move Carson to perform CPR.

"Her eyes was wide open, her lips was done turning purple, so I didn't. And, he said not move her because the way she was positioned," said Clark.

Despite his feelings of guilt, State Troopers say Clark did the right thing.

"What witnesses need to do if they see, if they drive upon something like this, they just need to try to remain calm and just assure the injured person that help is on the way," said Snider.

But it was too late. Authorities say Carson may have lived, had she worn a seat belt.

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