Monday morning disrupted by crashes

October 24, 2012


A 22-year-old female driver who may have been involved in two separate crashes involving six vehicles – and very nearly a motorcycle – on Monday morning reportedly fled both locations, but was eventually taken into custody.

Christopher Hill, a 39-year-old Hood County man, was injured in the second crash.

Hill was driving a 1997 Honda Accord through the intersection of Old Granbury Road and Meander Road when a Ford Taurus driven by the 22-year-old woman reportedly ran a stop sign and crashed into his car’s rear end.

The Honda’s entire trunk area collapsed, and according to emergency scanner traffic Hill sustained a possible head injury. Hill was first taken to Lake Granbury Medical Center, then flown by air ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, officials said.

Afterward, a law enforcement official at the scene said that the crash was being investigated as a possible intoxication assault case, a felony offense.

The officer said that the driver of the Taurus was transported to Lake Granbury Medical Center for a blood test, but the uncooperative suspect proved to be more than a handful. It took two Sheriff’s Office Deputies and a Granbury police officer to carry the struggling woman from a patrol car into the hospital entrance.

As of Tuesday morning, the suspect’s name in the Old Granbury Road crash had not been released by the DPS, and she had not yet been booked into the Hood County Jail.

The first crash occurred just minutes earlier, at about 8 a.m., near H-E-B on Highway 377 East. That crash involved a 2007 Toyota sport utility vehicle and a Ford Taurus.

Deputy Chief Alan Hines of the Granbury Police Department said that 22-year-old Lyndsey Sheneece Aquiningoc’s Ford disregarded a red light in the 3700 block of Highway 377 East, at H-E-B, and struck the Toyota.

No injuries were reported from that crash.

Hines said that Aquiningoc, a Granbury resident, will likely be charged with fleeing the scene of an accident with more than $200 in damage.

However, he said he could not confirm that Aquiningoc was also involved in the Old Granbury Road crash, which was investigated by DPS troopers. Inquiries to a DPS information officer were not answered by press time Tuesday.

At the Old Granbury Road crash scene, two female witnesses stated that after the driver of the Taurus got out of her vehicle, she was making emotional statements with religious overtones that didn’t seem to make any sense. Then the woman unsuccessfully tried to get into several vehicles that, by that time, were backed up near the intersection.

They said the woman then took off on foot, running northward on Meander Road – losing her flip-flops along the way and running barefoot on the pavement the rest of the way. Officers eventually caught up to her and placed her under arrest.

Adding to the odd nature of the second crash scene, two of the four vehicles with varying degrees of damage were Tauruses that otherwise appeared to be nearly identical.

In addition, the witnesses noted that a motorcycle that was also near the four-way stop intersection narrowly missed being hit by more than one of the vehicles despite three of the cars either skidding or spinning to a halt near his bike.

The driver of the fourth vehicle involved on Old Granbury Road, a GMC Yukon, was also fortunate in that it was barely tapped on the bottom edge of its front bumper. The damage was barely visible.

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