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Fund established to benefit family of Taylor County corrections officer killed in crash

By Kristen Pope, Reporter, kpope@ktxs.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 08:16:22 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 31 2013 12:50:51 PM CST
ABILENE, TX -

The Anson Chamber of Commerce has established a fund to benefit the family of William Woodruff, a 50-year-old Taylor County corrections officer who was killed Tuesday in a traffic accident on U.S. Highway 83, one mile north of Abilene.

While Woodruff died at the scene, his 6-year-old daughter Ann Marie  – who also was injured in the crash – is listed in critical condition at the Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth. Carla Woodruff, office manager for the Anson Chamber of Commerce, is with her daughter at the hospital.

The account is set up at the First National Bank of Anson, Carla Woodruff Benefit Acct., Woodruff Family, acct # 20815861 to “help Carla with expenses during the hospital stay,” the Anson Chamber of Commerce said in a news release, noting donations can be mailed to First National Bank, PO Box 762, Anson, TX 79501, or to the Anson Chamber of Commerce at PO Box 351, Anson, TX 79501.

If you have questions or need further information, the news release said, contact the Anson Chamber of Commerce at (325)823-3259.

Meanwhile, Taylor County Sheriff Ricky Bishop expressed sadness Wednesday over Woodruff’s death.

"He's made a big impact on the employees at the (Taylor County) jail," said Bishop. "Everybody really liked him. He was a hard worker – and he's gonna be deeply missed by everyone."

A DPS spokesman said high winds interfered with Woodruff's viability to see the truck he hit.

"Wind has a high effect on those big profile vehicles but they also effect smaller vehicles also," said Sparky Dean, publich information officer for DPS.  "People don't think about that."

Woodruff's death is the ninth traffic fatality since Friday in the Big Country.

DPS gave tips on how drivers can be more safe on the road.

"If everybody would just realize this could happen to me whether it’s teenagers, older drivers or elderly drivers," Dean said. "We all have this attitude it won't happen to me and folks it can."

"Everybody as we drive, drive defensively, drive as if you're gonna be involved in a crash, and you won't be," said Dean. "Watch out for the other person."

Dean urged drivers to focus only on driving. Although it may be cliche, he said be sure to buckle up.

"I can't emphasize enough about seatbelts," said Dean. "You know seat belts are not the all in for safety, but seatbelts by and large do keep you safe."