Just before 5pm a Ford F-150 was southbound on FM 1485 coming from Lake Conroe. As the driver approached Mexican John Road in New Caney he crossed the center turn lane and entered the northbound lane striking a Toyota Corolla head-on. MCHD received the call at 5:06 pm within 30 seconds East Montgomery County Fire units were on the scene. It took 30 minutes to free the driver of the Toyota from the mangled wreckage and CPR was immediately started. Continuing CPR and life-saving efforts could not save the female driver. Dr. Dickson, after talking with the medics declared the female deceased at 6:02 pm. The driver of the Toyota was identified as Irma DeLangel Gonzalez, 64, of New Caney. Montgomery County Justice of the Peace Spikes ordered an autopsy be done and the victim transported to the Montgomery County Forensic Center. The driver of the Ford F-150 identified as Barry Lee Tarver, 51, of Cleveland was taken to Conroe Regional hospital in stable condition. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office is assisting DPS in the investigation for possible charges. FM 1485 was closed until 930 as the crash was investigated. DPS has yet to determine what caused the driver to cross into the other lane. They are also awaiting results of the mandatory blood draw to determine if he was impaired.They will be looking at cell phone records and security cameras in the area to assist them in the determination. They are also asking anyone with any additional information to contact DPS New Caney or the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Unit.

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  1. DollyHorton

    And Scott Engle, before you write a reply, scolding me for my attitude, ask yourself how many families have been destroyed in the stretch of 1485 between 59 and 242 in the last 5 years. Or even between 59 and Gene Campbell. You know as well as—or better than I do—that it’s too many. Mothers or fathers that go on an errand and never come home. Families wiped out entirely. Children injured so badly they cannot survive and have no chance to live out their lives.

    We need something done. No, nothing is going to stop the wrecks entirely. But to continue doing nothing, just NOTHING, as the area continues to grow grow grow is NOT acceptable, so don’t you dare condescend to me.

  2. DollyHorton

    In the last 3 years, I have made multiple calls/emails to TxDOT and our precinct’s County Commissioner about lowering the speed limit on 1485 to 35 mph (or whatever they decide) because there are TOO DAMN MANY WRECKS AND FATALITIES. I’ve lived at the end of Mexican John Rd. since November of 1986 (yes, that many years) and while there have always been a lot of wrecks on 1485, the last 3 or 4 years has been absolutely insane. Wrecks, people run over and killed while walking on the side of the road, etc.

    Oh, but do I EVER hear back from ANYONE? Not just no, but HELL no. They’re too busy to be bothered by a mere taxpaying plebian like me. Either that, or they like the wrecks, carnage, and fatalities. Maybe to them, it’s job security to have a speed limit that’s too high for all the streets and NEW DRIVEWAYS into homes and businesses we’ve seen in the last several years.

    Oh yes, the fire dept. was there in 30 seconds. Thank God. But wouldn’t it be nice if they didn’t have to be called out multiple times a day because people are going too fast? Would a lower speed limit stop the carnage? No, it wouldn’t. Would it prevent a few wrecks? HOW COULD IT NOT HELP PREVENT A WRECK OR TWO.

    And this week I will again call and email…….and I know damn well I’ll get fluffed off yet again!!

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