Spencer Succumbs to Wreck Injuries

December 9, 2013
Dwayne Page
 Mildred Spencer
Asberry car (Photo by Dwayne Page-WJLE)
Spencer Car (Photo by Dwayne Page-WJLE)

An elderly woman who was seriously injured in a two car crash in Alexandria last Wednesday night has died.

82 year old Mildred Spencer of the Temperance Hall area, who was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga after the accident, passed away on Friday.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 53 and New Hope Road. Central dispatch received the call at 5:42 p.m.

Sergeant Eric McCormick of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that Spencer was traveling east from East Main Street crossing Highway 53 toward New Hope Road in a 1999 Chevy Lumina when her car was struck in the passenger side by a 2001 Toyota, driven by 52 year old Phyllis Asberry of Brush Creek who was traveling north on Highway 53.

The Asberry car came to rest off the east side of Highway 53 facing south. The Spencer car went off the east side of Highway 53 and crashed through a rock fence and into a small dry creek bed. Spencer was trapped inside the car.

Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department's Extrication Team were called to the scene and removed the driver's side door of Spencer's car. She was then removed from the vehicle and taken by DeKalb EMS to meet a Life Force helicopter ambulance which landed on Highway 53 near the crash site.

Asberry was not transported by EMS and was not believed to have been seriously hurt.

Others on the scene were members of the Alexandria Police and Fire Departments and the Sheriff's Department.

The funeral service for Spencer will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in McMinnville.

Spencer was a resident of Union Dale, Pennsylvania from 1954 before moving to Alexandria in 1987.

On August 21, 1948 she married Lei A. Spencer who died in 2002 after 54 years of marriage.

She is survived by two sons Alburn C. Spencer of Watertown and Mark (Patricia) E. Spencer of San Antonio Texas. Two sisters Charlotte (Price) Halstead and Dorothy (Price) Spencer, and a brother Charles Edward Price.

Heritage Funeral Homes & Cremation Services in Chattanooga is in charge of the arrangements.

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