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fatal accident in cut and shoot

At 3:45 this afternoon Cut And Shoot police and Cut and Shoot fire department were dispatched to a head-on crash on 105 at Whipporwill. When they arrived they found a white Ford Escape on the eastbound shoulder with heavy front end damage. Just behind it was a blue Nissan pickup upside down with heavy front end damage.

The 35-year-old female driver of the Escape, Brandy Nichols of Conroe was entrapped and required firefighters with the assistance of North Montgomery Fire Department to cut her out. She was flown to Hermann Hospital in Houston by Life Flight in critical condition.

The passenger in the front seat, an 80-year-old female identified as Joanna Lindemood also of Conroe was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Trey Spikes. He also ordered the body to be transported to Dallas for autopsy.

In the back seat was  7-year-old  Emily Nichols who was also flown to Hermann Hospital by PHI Air Medical, Her leg severely lacerated from the seatbelt. The force of the crash was so great that cans of Pepsi in a case exploded ripping open the sides of the can.

In the truck were the driver Oscar Mendoza age 58 of Conroe and Raul Mendoza age 21 also of Conroe. They were both taken by MCHD to Conroe Regional Hospital in stable condition.

Cut and Shoot Police Department worked the accident with the assistance of Texas Highway Patrol.

According to police the Escape was eastbound on SH105 approaching Whipporwill when the Nissan pickup crossed the center line for unknown reasons and struck the Escape head-on. The roads were wet at the time of the accident as it had been raining earlier.

Frank Barnett with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Unit also responded to the scene.

The accident is still under investigation. Names will be released as soon as next of kin are notified.

In addition it was noted by law enforcement officials that Texas Law mandates a child under 7-years-of-age to be in a child safety seat which was not the case in this accident.

Highway 105 westbound lanes were closed for several hours as the investigation continued. Eastbound lanes were closed for almost an hour.

 

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