Emergency personnel work to free 2 young victims from a 1981 BMW 735i.
Fatal Accident on FM-350 North, MOSCOW, February 2, 2012 - At approximately 5:39 pm on February 2, 2012, a green 1981 BMW 735i driven by Malissa Gay Ferraro, 41, of Lufkin, was south-bound of FM-350 North about 5 miles off of US-59. Ferraro allegedly entered a curve going at a high rate of speed and lost control of her vehicle. Her vehicle skidded over 300 feet on the pavement before leaving the road to the right, sliding through the grass and impacting a large pine tree on the driver's side door. Deputy Mike Nettles with the Polk County Sheriff's Office was the first emergency responder on the scene. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched along with The Livingston, Corrigan and Onalaska Volunteer Fire Departments, Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Troopers David Flowers, Sergeant Nita Bowen, Chris Stanbery, and Joe Cole. Ferraro was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:45 pm by Justice of the Peace Larry Whitworth. Ferraro's passenger's (her sixteen year old daughter and 21 year old John Lispie of Livingston) were removed from the mangled vehicle by volunteer firemen using the jaws-of-life. Ferraro's daughter was transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital by Ambulance with incapacitating injuries. Lispie was transported to Lufkin Memorial and also had incapacitating injuries. All traffic was blocked during investigation and cleanup. According to Trooper Flowers, the car was estimated to be going 85 mph when Ferraro lost control. A first-call car from Cochran Funeral Home transported Ferraro from the scene. According to sources, Ferraro had recently moved from Livingston to Lufkin. A rollback wrecker from Riley Wrecker Service out of Corrigan recovered Ferraro's vehicle and it will be stored in Corrigan. The scene was cleared by 8:15 pm.
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21 year old John Lispie (pictured at right on gurney) was rushed to Lufkin Memorial Hospital. A 16 year old girl was still in the vehicle as personnel continued to work to get to her.
Trooper David Flowers (pictured) is the investigating officer.
The vehicle was lodged between 2 pine trees (Trooper Chris Stanbery pictured assisting Trooper David Flowers).
Part of the driver's side of the vehicle was literally wrapped around a large pine tree.
A firs-call car from Cochran Funeral Home transported Malissa Ferraro from the scene.
James Riley with Riley Wrecker Service had to cut a tree down in order to dislodge the vehicle.
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