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12-year-old girl survives crash with speeding tow truck that left 2 adults dead in NW Harris County

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — A 12-year-old girl survived a crash that killed two adults in northwest Harris County.

The crash happened just after 9 p.m. Sunday in the 10800 block of North Gessner at Loyal Pointe.

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, 57-year-old Julia Moore was driving a Toyota Corolla northbound on North Gessner, with a 12-year-old girl in the front passenger seat and a man identified as John Wurts in the passenger’s side rear seat. Wurts is believed to be between 25 and 30 years old.

Moore attempted to turn left onto Windfern Road when deputies said the Corolla’s passenger side was hit by a Dodge Ram 3500 licensed Harris County tow truck.

Deputies at the scene said it appeared that the tow truck driver was speeding as he drove southbound on North Gessner.

Moore and Wurts were killed in the crash, deputies said. The 12-year-old girl was flown to Memorial Hermann in critical condition.

“Right now, I can report that she’s conscious and she’s cooperating with our investigator,” Lt. Simon Cheng said.

The 29-year-old tow truck driver was taken to the hospital in stable condition, deputies said. He sustained minor injuries.

The 12-year-old girl told deputies the woman killed in the crash was her grandmother, according to Cheng. It was unclear how the man was related to the other two victims.

Investigators said scene evidence and dashcam footage from the tow truck indicated that the driver was not traveling 40 mph. The driver did not show any signs of intoxication.

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