Fatal accident on 82 east of Sherman

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

SHERMAN -- SHERMAN -- A car accident just east of Sherman killed a bells man Thursday morning.

Troopers say Jerry Don Johnson was driving west on U.S. Highway 82 near Whitney Road when his Ford Contour drifted over the center line and hit a pickup head on.

An Austin family was riding in that truck. All three of them were taken to Wilson N. Jones Hospital in serious condition.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Highway 82 east was shut down for about an hour and a half.

(Information posted as it becomes available.)

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  • by Amy-cousin Location: Denison on Jul 11, 2007 at 08:23 PM
    To Tish: We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Jerry Don was a very special person. He loved everyone, especially his 18 month old son. Its people like you who makes this world a better place. Thank you for helping and doing what you could- just you stopping means a lot to us. Your a wonderful person and once again Thanks. With Love, The Johnson Family
  • by Tish Location: Paris, TX on Jul 7, 2007 at 07:43 PM
    I drove up on this wreck moments after it happened, me and my co-workers tried very hard to help this man. We got a towel to help stop the bleeding and got a fire extinguisher when the car caught fire. I was shocked and appalled at how many people simply drove by and never offered any type of assistance. What kind of world do we live in that we value human life so little. Are we that busy and in a hurry that life and death mean nothing? My heart goes out to this mans family, I wish there was more we could have done.
  • by A Driver Location: Sherman on Jul 6, 2007 at 07:18 PM
    Ok..I just read what I wrote..to be specific...vehicles exiting off of Hwy 82 east going up the ramp to Hwy 75 & 82 west intersection to the right can see vehicles supposedly yielding. However, the people who slow down at the yield sign cannot see the oncoming traffic. It's like you slow down, look to the left to see if any cars are coming up the ramp...can't see anything but weeds, you pray no one happens to be exiting at the same time and make a mad dash. I should have stated the mowers came out the first time after the first call to the police department. Thank you SPD for notifying the correct people for me!! I realize the rain has hindered and slowed down things but the city managed to get out there and mow the corners. I don't care if the highway gets mowed or not but someone needs to take care of the dangerous spots (corners and exit ramps) ..Hope this explains the situation better
  • by A Driver Location: Sherman on Jul 6, 2007 at 02:23 PM
    I am discouraged and disappointed about how the highway department is allowing the mowers to get away with neglecting the mowing at the exit ramp at 75 and 82. I have reported to the Sherman Police department twice in the past 6 weeks and the first time they came out. I hope that people exiting that ramp know that the people yielding cannot see anyone coming off of the ramp because of the grass being so tall...WIll THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR MOWING MOW BEFORE SOMEONE GETS HURT!!
  • by penny Location: sherman whitney rd on Jul 6, 2007 at 10:33 AM
    How many accidents have to happen on 82 E before something is done?? When making a turn the traffic flys by. I live on Whitney and with baker ridge road out I am forced to take the death trap road. The traffic never even slows down.About blows a car off the road when turning off the hwy. I am sure if there were more inforcing people to slow down and keep the speed at least 55. but even where the speed is 55 the big trucks and crazy drivers rides the back of a person. I think if we had more police officers out there til they get to bells or double lanes,it is out of control. thank you Help!!!
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