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Wreck: Winnsboro man jailed in connection with fatality

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A 19-year-old Winnsboro man was arrested this week for criminally negligent homicide in connection with a wreck which killed an 18-year-old Winnsboro woman in August.

Precinct 1 Constable Norman Colyer took Robert Reed Humphrey into custody at Hopkins County Courthouse Tuesday, Dec. 31, and transported him to Hopkins County jail, where he was booked on the criminally negligent homicide warrant, according to the arrest report. Humphrey was released from jail Thursday, Jan. 2, on $10,000 bond.

According to court records, a Hopkins County Grand Jury during their Nov. 20 session signed a true bill indicting Humphrey for criminally negligent homicide. The indictment alleges Humphrey on Aug. 23, 2013,  “by criminal negligence” caused the “death of an individual, Daysha Johnson, by driving the vehicle in which the said Daysha Johnson was a passenger and steering off the road, hitting a tree.” 

According to initial Texas Department of Public Safety crash reports, Humphrey was driving a 2002 Honda Civic from Sulphur Springs to Winnsboro around 2 p.m. Aug. 23, when the car went off State Highway 11 east, just east of County Road 2389, near Como-Pickton school, traveled through a fence line and crashed into a tree before stopping.

County emergency dispatchers were contacted at 2:05 p.m. by someone on SH 11 east who reported a car had crashed into a tree. They received subsequent reports there were four people in the vehicle who had sustained serious injuries, according to county dispatcher reports.

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  flew a patient from the scene to an area trauma center. The other air unit was told to divert to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital to stand-by in case needed to transport other victims to area trauma centers. Johnson, Humphrey and a 16-year-old were transported by ambulance to HCMH, first responders reported following the crash.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the hospital at 4:10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, according to DPS reports.




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