LONGVIEW, TX (11/30/2015) — A distracted driver caused a fatal collision which claimed the life of Amy Qualls on Monday morning.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), 42-year-old Amy Qualls was killed following a two-vehicle car accident that occurred along Tryon Road at Janet Kay Drive in Longview, Texas.
DPS reported that shortly before 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning, 31-year-old Ellen Hicks was traveling northbound in a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe when she became distracted by the family dog, causing her to veer into the southbound lane and collide head-on with a 2011 Nissan Altima, driven by Qualls.
Qualls was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center (GSMC), where she later died.
Hicks and her 5-year-old passenger were also taken to GSMC for treatment of injuries.
Hicks has since been treated and released; however, the 5-year-old child remains in serious condition.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving kills over 3,331 people each year, and injures over 387,000.