Driver taken to Victoria hospital after crashing into a tree on U.S. 59

The driver of this black car reported she had fallen asleep at the wheel and crashed on U.S. 59 in Goliad County on Wednesday morning.

A Cuero driver was taken to a Beeville hospital after running off the highway and hitting a tree in Goliad County on Wednesday morning.

About 6:50 a.m., Elizabeth Burgess Doner, 38, went off U.S. 59 about a half-mile south of Farm-to-Market Road 1351 and crashed on the side of the highway, said Sgt. Ruben San Miguel, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Doner was driving north when she entered the oncoming lane in a no-passing zone, went off the roadway and into a ditch, where she struck a culvert, he said. Her 2015 Nissan Sentra then became airborne and struck a tree.

No other vehicles were involved.

The speed limit along that part of the highway is 75 mph.

Doner told authorities she had fallen asleep at the wheel, San Miguel said. She was ticketed for driving with an invalid license and passing in a no-passing zone.

Goliad County deputies secure the scene of a 1-vehicle crash

A black car ran off of U.S. 59 and struck a tree Wednesday morning, sending its driver to a Beeville hospital.

After the crash, Doner was alert but complaining of back pain, San Miguel said. She was taken by ambulance to Christus Spohn Hospital in Beeville with injuries that were not incapacitating.

Conditions at the time were wet, and the roadway was slick with rain.

Location of single-car crash in Goliad County

A driver was taken to a Beeville hospital after crashing on U.S. 59 just south of Farm-to-Market Road 1351. The blue icon marks the location.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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