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4 Accidents Involving Drunks, Injuries In 1 Day

Last updated on Monday, November 12, 2007

(BEDFORD) - Saturday was a dangerous day to be out on the roads in Lawrence County.

Including the fatal accident at the Farmers' Market in Bedford, Lawrence County Sheriff's deputies responded to 3 other accidents involving alcohol and injuries.

Shortly after 3:30 Saturday afternoon, deputies responded to a head-on accident on Tunnelton Road almost a quarter mile south of Murray Holt Road. Sheriff's reports allege 26-year-old Mandy Mills of Bedford was driving drunk when she crossed the centerline and struck the vehicle of 78-year-old Mary Lee of Bedford head-on.

Lee was transferred to Bedford Regional Medical Center by ambulance; Mills' blood-alcohol test returned a certified result of 0.13. Mills faces felony charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Then, before 9:30 Saturday night, Sheriff's reports say 40-year-old Kevin Hedrick of Bedford drove his girlfriend's vehicle off the road, going over an embankment. The report says Hedrick's girlfriend, 34-year-old Kristi Hicks, told deputies Hedrick was drunk.

The report says both individuals appeared drunk. Hedrick was charged with driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction, blood-alcohol test results are pending.

Finally, a little after 11:00pm Saturday night, 32-year-old Michael New of Rockford, Illinois was traveling westbound on Wesley Chapel Road when he crested a hill, missed a turn, left the road and hit a tree.

New reportedly walked away from the accident but was found seeking medical treatment at Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Deputies allege New had been drinking, blood-alcohol test results are currently pending.

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