Caney Creek Fire Department was dispatched just after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning to a reported major accident in the 12800 block of FM 1485. MCHD was first to arrive on the scene and found a 2002 Saturn that had struck a utility pole. The vehicle snapped off not one but two utility poles which were paired next to each other. In addition, the top of the pole snapped leaving 35,000 volts hanging overhead. Fire crews called for additional help from River Plantation Fire Department, Using three sets of tools it was a joint effort between firefighters, MCHD medics, deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and wrecker drivers to free the two teens from the twisted metal mass. After almost an hour, with the high voltage lines hanging just over their heads they were able to free the two and start medical care.
The male driver is Daniel Freund, 18-years-old. He was transported to Ben Taub Hospital in Houston in critical condition.
The female passenger has been identified as a 16-year-old Halie Mcdonald a Caney Creek High School student. . She was transported to Hermann Hospital in Houston in critical condition with a severe head injury, internal injuries, and broken bones. She was pronounced dead a short time later.
Due to fog at the time Air Medical Services were unavailable.
Troopers investigated the crash as Entergy workers stood by to start making repairs and to restore service. DPS Troopers say they are not ruling out speed or alcohol as contributing to the crash. Early investigation shows the vehicle was southbound at a high rate of speed when it entered a curve. Running off the edge of the road the vehicle slid sideways into the pole.
The posted speed limit in the area is 50 m.p.h.
Warren Diepraam with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Unit is assisting in the investigation.