Athens Review, Athens, Texas

September 17, 2013

Woman killed in Loop 7 wreck

Chandler resident dies from injuries, two more injured in two-vehicle collision

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — A violent, two-vehicle crash near Athens on Monday afternoon killed a Chandler woman and injured two others.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety reports, the deceased was identified at 64-year-old Jean Shirley Pankey.

At about 2 p.m. Pankey’s Honda Civic was eastbound on Loop 7 at the overpass over Farm-to-Market Road 59. The vehicle drove onto the shoulder, causing Pankey to overcorrect and veer back into the path of an oncoming 2011 Jeep Laredo, driven by Stephen Harvey Hinshaw, 76, of Montalba. The Honda left the roadway and overturned.

Pankey was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:55 p.m. by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Randy Daniel. Her body was taken to Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens.

Hinshaw was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Athens, where he was treated for scrapes and bruises. He was reported to be in good condition on Monday afternoon. His wife, Lillie Pauline Hinsaw was also taken to ETMC with a fractured limb. On Monday, she was in stable condition.

The speed limit on Loop 7 at the scene of the crash is 70 miles-per-hour. All three of the individuals involved in the wreck were wearing seat belts. Trooper Monica Carranza, of the Athens DPS office, investigated the wreck.

Athens Police Department officers assisted by working traffic at the wreck. APD cleared the scene at about 4 p.m.