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Livingston woman killed in San Jac County car crash



CAMILLA — Mary Sack Dodd of Livingston suffered fatal injuries in a two-vehicle head-on collision at 1:44 p.m. Tuesday on FM 3278 near Camilla, according to Trooper Allen Stanton with Texas Department of Public Safety. Stanton said Dodd was eastbound on FM 3278 when her vehicle ran off the roadway to the right, she over-corrected and skidded into the westbound lane into the path of a van pulling a trailer. The driver of the van attempted to stop, leaving 30 feet of skidmarks before striking Dodd’s vehicle in the passenger side door. Emergency personnel found Dodd in the passenger side floor board of her vehicle. “She was not wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred,” Stanton said. Dodd was taken to Memorial-Hermann Hospital in Houston by ambulance. Medics reported she sustained head injuries, multiple fractures and a large puncture wound in the lower right back. She was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. by Dr. Diane Schwartz in the trauma unit, according to Stanton. Funeral arrangements are pending with Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, according to a family spokesperson. Dodd was very active in the community and had energetically returned to work on community projects after recovering from a life-threatening illness that interrupted her career for much of the last three years. Her most recent employment including managing the City Grille restaurant and cohost of KETX radio’s morning show. In October, she won the Polk County Enterprise’s Heritage Edition Essay Contest and promptly handed over her cash prize to one of her sons to use for a weekend trip. Dodd was negotiating with this newspaper to begin writing an advice column and was actively pursuing the development of a women’s networking group that held an organizational meeting last week. Mary spent much of this week acting as “Christmas elf” decorating the homes of several longtime friends. Facebook tributes to Mary continue to pour in as friends learned of the tragic accident. “I always told her I felt like we were made out of the same cloth — especially getting on the radio with no training,” said Tammi Ogletree, a longtime friend who worked on many of the same volunteer projects as Dodd. “There are so many stories about her. She touched so many lives,” Ogletree added.


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