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SUV strikes pickup, kills man

WEST MONTGOMERY COUNTY- A Tomball man died in a head-on collision around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon about three miles south of Magnolia.

Donald Joseph Vitak, 63, was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Texas Department of Public Safety report stated that Vital was traveling southeast on FM 1774 near High Meadow Ranch in a 1997 Chevy Blazer, when for unknown reasons he crossed over into the oncoming lane of traffic.

James Wilmoth, 65, of Tomball, was headed northwest on FM 1774 in a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup. The two vehicles collided head-on in Wilmoth’s lane of travel.

Vitak died on location, with the time of death listed on the DPS report at 5 p.m.

Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace Matt Masden conducted an inquest and ordered the body transported to the Southeast Texas Forensic Center in Conroe for an autopsy.

Wilmoth was transported by Life Flight air ambulance to the Texas Medical Center in Houston in critical condition.

The DPS report listed no unusual road or weather conditions.

Tuesday’s crash was the county’s second fatal automobile accident in three days. On Sunday, 14-year-old Mickey Cohen, Jr. of Houston was killed when the motorcycle he was riding with his father struck an SUV head-on near Splendora on FM 2090.

The Magnolia crash was also near the site of another fatality less than a month ago. On April 22, 43-year-old Timothy Matthew Graves of California was laying on the Union Pacific railroad tracks near that intersection when a train struck and killed him.

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