SPLENDORA- Mother’s Day was marred by a tragic accident in East Montgomery County. MCN received confirmation late Monday that the wreck claimed the life of a Houston teen. The crash involved several motorcycles and a Sport Utility Vehicle and occurred around 7:20 p.m. on FM 2090 near Carol Lane, just outside of Splendora city limits.
Lisa Rogers, 46, of Splendora, was eastbound in her SUV when she saw motorcycles in her lane.
“Two of them passed me, I just totally stopped and (the motorcycle) hit me square on and he blew into my windshield,” Rogers said. “I have never been in anything like this before in my life.”
Mickey Cohen, Jr., 14, was flown by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where he was pronounced dead.
The teen was on the back of a motorcycle driven by his father, 34-year-old Mickey Cohen, Sr., when it struck Rogers’ SUV. Cohen, Sr. was also critically injured and flown to Hermann by air ambulance, but survived.
Someone told Rogers the bikes were passing another vehicle at the time of the crash, but she does not remember.
Trooper Roger Wolsey with the Texas Department of Public Safety in New Caney investigated the crash. Wolsey said Cohen’s bike was one of five that were westbound on 2090 when the collision occurred.
“As the motorcyclists in the group came around a gradual sweeping turn, four of the five bikes drifted into the oncoming lane,” Wolsey said. “The first of the series of bikes went to the left of the SUV that was involved.”
“The second bike went to the right of the SUV and the third bike, operated by a father and son group, actually struck the vehicle,” he said “Upon striking the vehicle, it ejected the young man and the father.”
Cohen, Jr. was propelled into the vehicle and struck it so hard that he was thrown to the pavement. He was wearing a green motorcycle helmet that matched the motorcycle he was riding with his father.
Alfred Williams, 43, was riding a black Suzuki motorcycle that went to the right of the SUV, struck a stop sign and was ejected across Joy Village drive into a ditch on the opposite side. Williams refused transport to the hospital by MCHD EMS.
Derek Lovings, 39, went around the SUV , struck and knocked down the FM 2090 highway sign. Lovings was transported by ground ambulance to Kingwood Medical Center in stable condition.
Robert Smart, 33, who was riding a gray Suzuki, sustained an injury to his right leg after he went around the SUV and traveled over 300 feet through a ditch. He was transported to Kingwood Medical Center in stable condition.
Rafael Jackson, 33, who was riding an orange bike (unknown make), was the only member of the group who managed to avoid a crash.
An hour before the crash, an area resident reported to police that five motorcycles were traveling at a high rate of speed in the area. It remains undetermined whether factors such as drugs or alcohol played a role. All of those involved except Ms. Rogers live in Harris County.
The crash remains under investigation and Trooper Wolsey was back at the crash site on Monday.
Rogers said she dislikes motorcycles because they “go too fast.” However, she added that everyone travels too fast on FM 2090 and drivers need to just slow down.
Rogers said she was shaken, but otherwise all right. In fact, she was more concerned about a mother she did not know.
“You know, this is Mother’s Day and someone’s Mother’s Day is ruined for them,” Rogers said.
UPDATE: Death toll now 2
Texas Department of Public Safety officials confirmed Wednesday that Mickey Cohen, Sr. also died as a result of injuries sustained in the Mother’s Day motorcycle crash that killed his son. Cohen Sr. only lived a few hours after the death of his son, according to DPS. The agency was not immediately notified of the death for unknown reasons.