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Sugar Land woman killed in US 90 accident in Dayton

December 15, 2018

A fatal accident that shut down traffic both ways on U.S. 90 on Monday night in Dayton may have been the result of a distracted driver, according to Dayton Police Sgt. Eric Ibarra.

At approximately 5 p.m., Dayton police responded to the call for a major accident in the 7900 block of US 90 near FM 1413 and Whispering Meadows Baptist Church.

A silver 1998 Ford Mustang, driven by Joann Lucille Basco, 54, of Baytown, was travelling eastbound in the right-hand lane when she was rear-ended by Corliss D. Viator, 61, of Liberty.

The impact of the accident took the life of front seat passenger Cynthia Elizabeth Phillips, 52, of Sugar Land and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Basco and a small four-year-old riding in the back seat were airlifted by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Viator was transported by ambulance to LBJ Hospital in Houston for her injuries.

The family’s pet chihuahua died later from injuries suffered in the accident.

A third vehicle, a 2017 Toyota Camry driven by Sandra Bowers of Dayton, took evasive action to avoid the accident and her vehicle sustained minor damages. She was not injured.

Ibarra said it appeared seatbelts were in use and there were no signs of intoxication.

According to Ibarra, “Viator told the investigating officer that she had been looking down at her phone prior to the accident.”

“It may be possible that the Ford Mustang was travelling at a slower pace due to a spare tire being on the vehicle,” he said.

Traffic was shut down both directions on US 90 for two hours while Life Flight landed to transport the injured and the investigation was underway.

No citations were issued at the time and the accident remains under investigation by the Dayton Police Department.

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