Weatherford Democrat

July 11, 2013

Woman charged in hit-n-run wreck


Weatherford Democrat

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A woman was arrested on suspicion of fleeing the scene after causing a wreck Friday afternoon that sent another driver to the emergency room. 

Melody Chrystine Crowder, 53, faces a third-degree felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury or death. 

Crowder, driving a red, four-door Mazda, failed to yield the right of way while turning north onto Morrow Road from the eastbound lanes of State Highway 199, causing a westbound black Nissan pickup to strike the passenger side of the Mazda, according to Springtown police. 

The driver of the black pickup, Mary Theresa Owens, was transported to the emergency room by LifeCare for an apparent head injury, police reported. 

A witness reported following the Mazda to an address on Jaybird Lane, where a DPS trooper observed Crowder walking away from the Mazda, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Crowder admitted to driving at the time and fleeing the scene of the incident, according to police. 

After admitting to drinking a couple of wine coolers and voluntarily providing a breath sample, Crowder’s blood-alcohol content level was found to be below the legal limit. 

Crowder’s driver’s license was found to be suspended at the time, and jail records indicate a parole warrant has also been issued for Crowder. 

She remained in the Parker County Jail Tuesday with no bond. 

Information on the injured woman’s condition was not available.