Motor Vehicle Fatality 1000 Cedar Crest (Press Release)

by Traffic Division, Saturday, May 10, 2014, 19:26 (1749 days ago)

450 PECAN STREET – ABILENE, TEXAS – 79602 – Ph: 325-673-8331
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Media Contact: Officer George Spindler, Public Information Officer
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May 10, 2014


ABILENE, TX- On Saturday, May 10, 2014, Abilene Police Department Officers responded to a major motor vehicle crash.

This crash occurred at 3:50 pm in the 1000 block of Cedar Crest. Officers of the Abilene Police Department’s Traffic and Patrol division also responded to this collision. A 1988 black Chevrolet S-10 pickup was southbound on Cedar Crest. The vehicle was driven by 62 year old Jerry Lee Bennett of Abilene. The vehicle was also occupied by 29 year old Jessica Hodge of Abilene. According to a witness the pickup had been travelling on Cedar Crest and crossed the northbound lane and struck a large rock in the yard of 1001 Cedar Crest where it stopped. Hodge had jumped out of the pickup prior to it leaving the road and striking the rock. Hodge told officers on scene that Bennett appeared to have become unresponsive and she could not wake Bennett or stop the pickup. Hodge jumped out and landed onto the pavement. Both Bennett and Hodge were transported to Hendrick Medical Center. Bennett was pronounced deceased at 5:10 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Frank Cleveland. At the time of the investigation Hodge was in stable condition and still being treated. Next of kin has been notified for both Bennett and Hodge. It is unknown at this time whether drugs or alcohol are contributing factors in this crash. This crash, Case #14-8884, continues and additional information may be released as the investigation allows.

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