Lincoln accidents claim two lives

August 01, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - Two Lincoln County residents were killed in separate accidents Friday, including one that left a Waynesburg woman dead after her car was struck by an ambulance transporting a patient.

Janice Goodpaster, 30, of Waynesburg, died on impact when the driver's side door of her vehicle was struck by a Waynesburg ambulance on U.S. 27 south of Stanford about 12:30 p.m., said Coroner Bill Demrow. James Keith Yocum of Stanford died about five hours later when his car struck a tree near Hustonville.

According to state police, Goodpaster was traveling north on U.S. 27 when the ambulance approached from behind with lights and sirens on. The ambulance moved into the southbound lane to pass a group of three cars, of which Goodpaster's vehicle was the first in line. Police say she then turned in front of the ambulance as the rescue vehicle attempted to complete its pass.

Goodpaster was wearing a seat belt but was not protected from the direct impact to her driver's side door.


"Seat belts couldn't have saved her in this situation," Demrow said.

The driver of the ambulance, James C. Osborne, 23, was not wearing a seat belt. He and his passenger Christopher Floro, 27, also not wearing a seat belt, were transported to Fort Logan Hospital and later released.

Osborne and Floro had been transporting Lowell Watt, 65, from his Kings Mountain home to the hospital after Watt had complained of difficulty breathing and stroke symptoms.

The accident shut down both lanes of traffic for an extended period while emergency personnel worked the scene.

Later Friday afternoon, Yocum, 46, was killed when his car slammed into a tree along Green River Road near Hustonville.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy Ron Luster was on the scene at about 5:30 p.m., along with Fire Station 8, Stanford Fire, Demrow and Stanford EMS. Further information and the cause of the accident were not immediately available.

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