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Single vehicle crash near Como-Pickton School claims one life

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One person was killed and at least one other injured as a result of a one vehicle crash on near Como-Pickton School Friday afternoon.

Daysha Yevette Johnson, 18, of Winnsboro died at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital after the crash. Robert Reed Humphrey, 19, of Winnsboro was last reported to be in stable condition at HCMH. At least one other male was reported to have been flown from the scene to an area trauma center for a laceration on the back of his head, and another teen was treated at HCMH.

According to Texas Department Public Safety crash reports, Humphrey was driving a 2002 Honda Civic east on State Highway 11 east when the car went off the road about a mile east of Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District around 2 p.m. Aug. 23. The car then traveled through a fence line and crashed into a tree before stopping.

County dispatchers were contacted at 2:05 p.m. by someone on SH 11 east who reported a car had crashed into a tree. Four Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 2:08 p.m. to the crash. Hopkins County, Pickton-Pine Forest and Como firefighters and Hopkins County EMS were dispatched to the crash just east of County Road 2389 at 2:10 p.m., after dispatchers received subsequent reports there were four people in the vehicle who had sustained serious injuries, according to county dispatcher reports. DPS troopers were notified of the crash at 2:05 p.m.

When firefighters arrived, they were advised three people had been ejected from the wrecked car and at least one male was helped out of the vehicle by a bystander. Two males sustained what appeared to be leg fractures, one male a head laceration and a female had unspecified traumatic injuries, paramedics at the scene noted.

The DPS crash report indicated neither Humphrey nor Johnson was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Due to the traumatic injuries sustained by Johnson and one male, two medical helicopters were dispatched to the scene. One helicopter landed in a field near the crash site and flew one patient, reportedly a male with head trauma, from the scene to an area trauma center. The other air unit was told to divert to HCMH to stand by in case it needed to transport other victims to area trauma centers.

Johnson, Humphrey and a 16-year-old male were transported by ambulance to HCMH. Humphrey, according to DPS reports Saturday, was last reported to be in stable condition with lacerations. The 16-year-old was reported to have been treated at HCMH and released Friday afternoon. 

Johnson was pronounced dead at the hospital at 4:10 p.m. Friday by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Yvonne King, who ordered an autopsy, as is standard procedure in traffic fatalities. Arrangements for Johnson are pending with Dearion-Davis Funeral Parlor in Gladewater.

No further information was available at press time Saturday regarding the third passenger who was flown from the scene.

The crash was investigated by DPS Troopers Josh Bana and Gavin King.




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