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05/03/04

Fatal Accident In Cherokee County

A 12 year old died in an accident on FM 347 just after 5 o'clock p.m., three miles south of Jacksonville in Cherokee County. Authorities say 22 year old Crystal Thomas of Rusk lost control of her vehicle, ran off the edge of the road, overcorrected and hit a tree. A 12 year old passenger, Trisha Bellanger of Jacksonville, died at the scene. Authorities say she was wearing a seatbelt. There were two other passengers in the car. 13 year old Amanda Bellanger, was taken to ETMC in stable condition. Five year old Dakota Bowers is in critical condition tonight. Authorities say speed may have been a factor. Charges are pending against Thomas.
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