Patricia Moreland, age 53 of New Caney passed away Wednesday afternoon at 3:05p.m. She was the former owner of the Hummingbird Cafe in New Caney.
According to DPS Trooper Roger Woolsey the family had just purchased an Arctic Cat 700 four wheel drive ATV Tuesday morning and she drove it down the street. When family members noticed she hadn’t returned they went looking for her and found her in the intersection of Crystalwood Estates and Crystalwood Circle seriously injured.
MCHD along with New Caney Fire Department responded to the scene and after determining the injuries were critical requested Life Flight to respond. With the area heavy in trees it was determined to close off FM 1485 at Pickering and land Life Flight in the intersection for safety purposes.
Ms. Moreland was flown to Hermann Hospital in Houston where she remained in critical condition until she passed Wednesday afternoon.
Further investigation by Trooper Woolsey determined she drove to the intersection along the ditch area. At the intersection she attempted to turn around. At that point the rear wheel struck the base of the stop sign ejecting Ms. Moreland. After she was ejected the four-wheeler continued to drive in a circle running over her and continuing to the fence where it stopped.
According to Arctic Cat Specs for that four wheeler it shows to be 679 pounds.
When law enforcement officials arrived on the scene the four-wheeler had already been moved and returned to the owners home. This complicated the investigation.
DPS stresses that anytime an accident happens and there is either property damage or an injury it is illegal to disturb the scene in any manner until law enforcement officials arrive. This is on any public roadway and with any type of vehicle, bicycle, 4 wheeler, automobile or even a carriage. In addition it includes private property when an injury occurs.
This makes the 23rd fatality accident in Montgomery County this year.
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