Just after 4 p.m. Saturday, Heather Wenzel, 19. of Plantersville was northbound on FM 1774 at County Road 302 when she attempted to make a left turn in her 2006 PT Cruiser. As she turned, 17-year-old Josh McHugh who was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe slammed into the rear of Wenzel’s car. Harley Mullenix. 20, a Plantersville Junior firefighter since she was 15, died at the scene. Ashley Nicole who was sitting in the passenger seat of the PT Cruiser suffered a broken jaw. Both Nicole and Wenzel, who were pregnant, were transported to Conroe Regional Hospital in stable condition. Hospital Officials say their unborn children should be fine.
According to DPS Trooper Balzekas, the driver of the Tahoe never applied his brakes. They are still investigating the crash, and the possibility the Tahoe driver was distracted. Alcohol and drugs or did not appear to be factors.
Fellow firefighters are devastated. They’re paying tribute with a sign displaying her badge number and the flag is flying at half staff at her fire station.
Family arrived at the scene upon learning what happened.
HARLEY MULLENIX AND FIRE CHIEF MICHAEL BRIGGS WHO SHE CALLED A FATHER FIGURE IN HER LIFE. SHE CONSIDERED THE ENTIRE PLANTERSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT HER FAMILY.