Moderate rainfall causing slick road conditions in East Montgomery County Thursday evening is believed to the cause of a two-vehicle fatal collision in New Caney.
Just after 6 p.m., a 1997 Nissan Maxima passenger car was eastbound on FM 1485 about 1 mile east of Loop 494, when a westbound white 1990 Mazda RX7 convertible went out of control for unknown reasons, sliding sideways directly into the path of the Nissan. The Nissan struck the passenger side of the Mazda killing the 18-year-old passenger upon impact.
Montgomery County Hospital District medics and the New Caney Fire Department responded to the scene. What was first thought to be an entrapment was not, and they were easily able to extricate the 19-year-old male driver of the Mazda, who medics transported by ground ambulance to Hermann Hospital in the Woodlands in critical condition, with head injuries and internal injuries. The driver of the Nissan was transported by ground ambulance in stable condition to Hermann in the Woodlands with chest pain.
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts conducted an inquest and had Eickenhorst Funeral Directors transport the deceased to the Montgomery County Forensic Services Department in Conroe for autopsy.
The driver of the Nissan was identified as Nahum Reyes, 30, of New Caney.
THe deceased is identified as 18-year-old Adrian James “A.J.” Hernandez, of Conroe. His brother, 19-year-old Ryan Eric Hernandez was the driver of the RX7 which A.J. had just gotten at Christmas.
DPS investigators attribute unsafe speed as one of the causes of the crash.
The Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam responded to the scene and hospital to assist in the investigation.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this crash..