fatal accident in cut and shoot

At 3:45 this afternoon Cut And Shoot police and Cut and Shoot fire department were dispatched to a head-on crash on 105 at Whipporwill. When they arrived they found a white Ford Escape on the eastbound shoulder with heavy front end damage. Just behind it was a blue Nissan pickup upside down with heavy front end damage.

The 35-year-old female driver of the Escape, Brandy Nichols of Conroe was entrapped and required firefighters with the assistance of North Montgomery Fire Department to cut her out. She was flown to Hermann Hospital in Houston by Life Flight in critical condition.

The passenger in the front seat, an 80-year-old female identified as Joanna Lindemood also of Conroe was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Trey Spikes. He also ordered the body to be transported to Dallas for autopsy.

In the back seat was  7-year-old  Emily Nichols who was also flown to Hermann Hospital by PHI Air Medical, Her leg severely lacerated from the seatbelt. The force of the crash was so great that cans of Pepsi in a case exploded ripping open the sides of the can.

In the truck were the driver Oscar Mendoza age 58 of Conroe and Raul Mendoza age 21 also of Conroe. They were both taken by MCHD to Conroe Regional Hospital in stable condition.

Cut and Shoot Police Department worked the accident with the assistance of Texas Highway Patrol.

According to police the Escape was eastbound on SH105 approaching Whipporwill when the Nissan pickup crossed the center line for unknown reasons and struck the Escape head-on. The roads were wet at the time of the accident as it had been raining earlier.

Frank Barnett with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Unit also responded to the scene.

The accident is still under investigation. Names will be released as soon as next of kin are notified.

In addition it was noted by law enforcement officials that Texas Law mandates a child under 7-years-of-age to be in a child safety seat which was not the case in this accident.

Highway 105 westbound lanes were closed for several hours as the investigation continued. Eastbound lanes were closed for almost an hour.

 

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  1. DK2010

    It is with a heavy heart that I write that Brandy passed away this morning.

    For those of you who choose to make these crass, insensitive comments about her and not using a child safety seat – review the laws! The law states that after certain age or height or weight!!!

    Grow up and talk about something that really matters – like her children now having to grow up without a Mother!

  2. Texie

    What a lame comment nunnya, all the illegals cause accidents?? There is a grandmother who lost her life, a mother clinging to life and a child who is in grave condition. You are not curious just stupid put your energy where needed in praying for the entire family.

  3. Roxy2010

    Just because you see a name that has a hispanic decent does not mean everyone is here illegally. This is what gets to me about people around this area you automatically assume something. I am praying for the families involved in this tragic accident, may god give them the strength to get through this.

  4. Nunyabizness

    Does anyone know if the 2 men in the pickup truck were U.S. citizens or are they here illegally as SO many involved in accidents seem to be.. Just curious… Very sad, Prayers are with the family.

  5. tfoyt

    It is sad, a tradegy. when are they going to widen Hwy. 105 E? They have told us they were for years. Many cars travel this road from Beaumont to Montgomery, but yet so many streets around us have been widened to accomodate traffic. We need 4 lanes and a turn lane. My prayers go out to all families involved. May God Bless them.

  6. Tim

    I have to disagree with SSargent. Our justice system can’t regulate common sense. I would hope by know that EVERYONE knows to put their child in a car seat, they didn’t come up with the law while we were sleeping last night. People need to exercise some personal responsibility. I do agree that this is a tragedy, but I also feel that we need to turn on our brain before the ignition.

  7. SSargent

    What a tragic thing for that little girl to see her grandma die, and mom flown off without her 🙁 I hope both mom and daughter are okay in the end.
    And since I adopted – I dont know if this is something that is done or not – but the hospitals should make people sign something stating that they are aware of the child safety laws and will follow them (keep up with them and stay abreast of changes) – so that when they are NOT followed charges can be pressed.
    Im adamant about these safety laws – as an EMT myself I have seen PLENTY of accidents where children were unrestrained or restrained improperly and the children would have had much more minor injuries than the way they were currently restrained.
    Sorry to the family for the loss of the elderly woman. Such a sad time of year to lose someone 🙁

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