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April 25, 2012

Two fatal wrecks on Monday in Burleson

City records fourth, fifth traffic-related fatalities


A 26-year-old Burleson woman and a 70-year-old Alvarado man died Monday in two separate, unrelated car accidents in Burleson. 

The woman, Cassie Marie Reeves, was pronounced dead at the scene after she wrecked her vehicle in the 1600 block of Houston Road.  

According to the traffic investigator, witnesses said Reeves was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala at a high rate of speed when she lost control of the car, crashing into two Ford F-150 pickups and then landing in a ditch. 

Burleson firefighters removed Reeves from the Impala. A MedStar ambulance and Care Flite helicopter responded to the crash.  

A 26-year-old Arlington man, who was the driver of the first pickup that was struck, was transported by Care Flite to a Fort Worth hospital. He was treated and released. The driver of the second pickup, a 31-year-old male, declined medical treatment at the scene.  

The crash is under investigation, according to police reports.

The Alvarado man, Jimmie Louis Ellison, was driving north on I-35W when he exited on to the service road in the 3300 block of Southeast Burleson Boulevard. The Lincoln Town Car he was driving veered off the road into a private drive and struck a Ford F-250 pickup that was stopped for traffic. 

A 43-year-old Graham man was inside the pickup when it was struck. He was not injured. 

Ellison was suffering from a medical issue and was on 911 with a telecommunications operator when the crash happened. Alvarado police and Alvarado fire departments assisted Burleson at the scene. 

CareFlite flew the victim to a Fort Worth hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to a Burleson press release. 

Reeves’ and Ellison’s deaths are the fourth and fifth traffic-related fatalities this year, according to Burleson Police Department data. 

BPD officials said it’s hard to comment on the accidents because they are still under investigation, BPD Commander Cindy Aaron said.  

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