At 6:41a.m. Sunday morning MCHD received a report of a single vehicle crash on Mt. Zion Road at North Clark. A nurse on the scene reported she was unable to get to the patients due to the damage of the vehicle.
When EMS and the North Montgomery County Fire Department arrived on the scene they found a Pontiac Grand Am upside down against a tree. Both the driver and the passenger were entrapped and they were able to determine there was no sign of life.
DPS Troopers on the scene report the vehicle driven by Jerry Hamm, 38 of New Waverly was driving east on Mt. Zion and failed to negotiate the curve. When Hamm over corrected the vehicle slid sideways down North Clark Road almost two-hundred-fifty feet before hitting several trees, breaking them off. The vehicle then rolled upside down against a large tree which almost split the vehicle in two.
The passenger in the vehicle was identified as James Sumrall, 23, also of New Waverly .
Both men were within one mile of their home.
A cook-off team had returned from the Montgomery County Fair Sunday morning approximately 12:30a.m. and did not see the vehicle at that time. As they left Sunday morning at 6:40 a.m. is when they spotted the vehicle.
Another neighbor reported hearing a loud bang close to 2:30 a.m. but thought it was a tree falling as the area was hit hard by the drought and there are many dead trees in the area.
Judge Moriarti ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport Sumrall and Ham to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy.
Texan Towing removed the vehicle from the scene.