Wreck on 62 claims woman's life

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Napier, 29, pronounced dead at scene after car collides with trailer

By Ben Carlson

A Lawrenceburg woman was killed Saturday morning when the vehicle she was driving collided with another on Highway 62.

Brenda Gail Napier, 29, of 1003 Langefield Drive in the Glenview subdivision was pronounced dead at scene at 9:55 a.m.

Napier was traveling toward Lawrenceburg near Robert B. Turner Elementary School when her vehicle apparently veered into the other lane, grazing a pickup truck driven by Julius Clifton Noel Jr. of Lawrenceburg, according to Anderson County Coroner Brian Ritchie.

Napier’s vehicle, a Toyota Tercel, then struck the corner of a trailer being towed by Noel.

“The state police are working to reconstruct the scene,” Ritchie said. “It appears the driver of the truck was trying to avoid her. She caught his rear bumper, but the trailer was at a bend and she went straight into the corner.”

Neither Noel or his passenger, James Noel, were injured, Ritchie said. On Tuesday, however, James Noel said his father was experiencing soreness in his neck and planned to see a doctor.

Ritchie said Napier’s autopsy results were inconclusive, and that she appeared to have died as a result of her injuries.

He said toxicology tests have been ordered, and the results are pending.

“One of the passengers said she appeared to be slumped over when she came at them,” Ritchie said.

-“We’re checking to see if anything occurred physically prior to the accident.”

Napier was apparently on her way to work at Kroger at the time of the accident, Ritchie said.

“All indications from the family are that’s where she was headed,” Ritchie said. “She was also taking nursing classes at the community college.”

Calling hours are scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lawrenceburg United Pentecostal Church on Dogwood Drive. Napier’s funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

She is survived by a 9-year-old son, Elijah Ryan Napier, a student at Turner Elementary.

She is also survived by her husband, Derrick R. Napier of Irvine; her father, Paul D. Stamper of Lawrenceburg; her mother, Nina Marie Tipton of Irvine; a sister Gina (Charlie Staton) Stamper of Irvine; and two brothers, Paul Anthony (Karen) Stamper and Jamie (Amanda) Stamper, all of Lawrenceburg.

E-mail Ben Carlson at bclarlson@theandersonnews.com.