Archive for Thursday, February 2, 2006

Teen breaks shoulder bone in wreck

February 2, 2006, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: February 2, 2006, 8:32 a.m.

The Wakefields have had some bad luck with cars lately.

Last week, Lansing High School junior Jasmine Wakefield totaled her car in an accident on West Mary Street. Just a few months ago, her older brother totaled a brand-new truck.

Jasmine, 16, lost control of her car Thursday afternoon, Jan. 26, while driving west on West Mary Street. The Oldsmobile Achieva she was driving crossed the road, hitting a light pole on the south side of the street in the 900 block, across from land owned by Lansing United Methodist Church.

The impact apparently sent her car spinning about 150 to 200 feet off the road and brought the metal pole crashing into the street. Jasmine's car also probably rolled at least once, Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman said.

Jasmine's mother, Clytha Wakefield, said her daughter had been traveling from the Lansing Community Library to a friend's house about 4:30 p.m. when the accident occurred.

Jasmine told her mother that she had been driving near the center of the road to avoid the curves when she saw a car coming. When she pulled the car back to her side of the road, Jasmine thought she bounced off the curb, which sent her careening into the light pole, Clytha Wakefield said.

Jasmine, who was wearing her seat belt, was taken by ambulance to Cushing Memorial Hospital. She was released Thursday night after she was treated for a broken shoulder bone, Clytha Wakefield said, and returned to school Monday.

Wayman said speed was a major factor in the crash, but an official estimate on the vehicle's speed was not available Wednesday afternoon.

However, Clytha Wakefield said her daughter thought she was only going about 40 mph. The posted speed limit on West Mary Street is 35 mph.

Wayman said Jasmine received a ticket for speeding; she also is responsible for damage to the light pole, the chief said.

"And these poles aren't cheap," Wayman said.

Clytha Wakefield said when her son had his accident, insurance covered the truck's replacement, and he got a new one within a week. Jasmine won't be so lucky, though.

"She's going to be without (a car) for a while," Clytha Wakefield said.

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