At 10:10 a.m. Saturday morning Conroe Police were dispatched to a major accident in the 2800 block of East Davis. MCHD and Conroe Fire were also dispatched. When they arrived on the scene they discovered a 2002 Ford Escort that had been hit head-on by a 2003 Ford pickup. The driver of the Escort, Felipe Lozano, 55 of Conroe was entrapped in the vehicle. PHI Air Medical was dispatched to the scene. Conroe firefighters worked to free him from the vehicle as medics from MCHD attempted to stabilize him. Just as the roof was removed from the vehicle and Air Medical was landing Lozano passed.
The driver of the pickup, Vicente Padilla, 28, of Conroe suffered minor injuries. His passenger Wendy Palmertree, 29 was transported in stable condition along with Padilla to Conroe Regional Hospital.
According to witness statements and Conroe Police, Lorenzo was westbound on SH 105 when Padilla, who was east bound failed to yield right of way and turned in front of him into a private driveway. Both vehicle hit head-on. The impact was so great that the steering wheel in the Escort sheered off and was found on the passenger floor board. Even though the speedometer showed 70mph police do not believe speed was a factor as in many crashes the drive wheel temporarily leaves the roadway causing an inaccurate reading since there is no load.
The only thing police were able to find was two gouge marks on the roadway, there were no skid marks.
Padilla did not have a drivers license and police believe he could be undocumented. ICE was being notified as was the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office regarding possible charges.
SH 105 was closed for over 2 hours as All Points and Amigo’s Wreckers loaded the vehicles.
Judge Connelly who made the scene ordered Metcalf Funeral Directors to transport Lozano to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy.