Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Death of Uncle Johnny Richards - November 2005

By Misty Shaw, Staff Writer
LINGLEVILLE - A Dublin man died as a result of injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle collison that occurred around 9:30 a.m. Friday near Lingleville at the intersection of Couty Road 409 and Farm to Market Road 8.

John Robert Richards, Jr., 68, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Latrelle Cain, having suffered fatal internal injuries when his 1987 Buick Sedan collided with a 1997 Ford Mustang, driven by Megan Ray Busby, 19, of Sidney.

"It appears he was pulling off of County Road 409" onto FM 8, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Vernon Gaines said. "There's a hill there and she couldn't see him as she came up over it so she hit him."

Richards, an independent contractor who delivered newspapers for the Empire-Tribune for several years, was delivering papers on his route when the accident occurred.

"That's a bad place to have to cross the road but I'm sure he had done it many times before," Gaines said. "It's just a tragic accident."

Gaines said Busby sustained minor injuries and was transported from the scene by MetroCare Ambulance to Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital for treatment.

Richards and Busby were wearing their seatbelts, and no citations will be issued, Gaines said.
Empire-Tribune Circulation Coordinator Jon Middleton said Richards was an independent contractor for the Empire-Tribune who will be sorely missed.

"Johnny was a very hard worker - he was very particular about his route and always made sure everyone got their paper," Middleton said. "We're a pretty tight-knit bunch so the other carriers are taking it pretty hard, but they've offered to pitch in and help as much as they can.

"Johnny will be greatly missed, not only by us but by his customers," Middleton said.
Printed in the Stephenville Empire-Tribune

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