Weatherford Democrat

July 14, 2013

One dead after apparent road rage incident


Weatherford Democrat

By CHRISTIN COYNE

PARKER COUNTY — A woman whose vehicle was struck after a suspected road rage incident between two other vehicles, died Thursday evening at a Fort Worth hospital. 

Penny Joyner, 50, of Springtown, was pronounced dead shortly before 7 p.m., hours after the car she was driving on State Highway 199 near Midway Road was T-boned by an SUV that lost control and traveled across the median. 

Two of the three children in the car, reported to be family members of Joyner’s, were injured, including a 6-year-old girl, who was in critical condition as of Thursday night. 

There was no update on the 6-year-old’s condition as of Friday or of the 4-year-old girl also transported to the hospital. 

A 16-year-old girl, the front seat passenger in the car, was not injured, DPS reported. 

Joyner and the child sitting behind her took the brunt of the impact. Their vehicle ended up partially in a ditch north of the highway, where firefighters extricated at least one person from the vehicle. 

The westbound lanes of the highway were shut down as one of the girls was reportedly flown from the scene by Air Evac to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. 

The driver of the SUV, 48-year-old Cindy Harner of Springtown, declined medical treatment at the scene. Her vehicle, which has significant front end damage, stopped a short distance in front of a business on the north side of the highway. 

Witnesses reported the SUV, traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound in the righthand lane, and a blue car were swerving in the roadway and appeared to be involved in a possible road rage situation, according to DPS. 

The SUV attempted to merge into the right lane but didn’t have enough room between vehicles, witnesses reported to DPS. The SUV then overcorrected, crossed the highway median and T-boned the westbound Kia, according to DPS. 

Harner disputed the accounts from witnesses, stating she had cruise control set and was listening to music when a black car traveling faster than she was swerved into her lane and made obscene gestures at her. 

She swerved and attempted to regain control of the vehicle several times but overcorrected and crossed into westbound traffic, according to Harner. 

The investigation was ongoing Friday, Senior Trooper and DPS spokesman Gary Rozzell reported.