Weekend wrecks claim two lives
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 31, 2005 - Two accidents over the weekend resulted in the deaths of a 45-year-old Pickton man and a 28-year-old Sulphur Springs man, the second and third fatal accidents in Hopkins County over the last five days.

Brian Van Vo of Sulphur Springs was killed early Sunday after his vehicle crashed and overturned on East Industrial Drive.

An initial investigation into the 1:19 a.m. Sunday accident which resulting in the 28-year-old’s death indicated a failure to control speed which “may not be all that excessive” but was above the posted limit and was unsafe due to road conditions, which were also cited along with faulty evasive action as factors contributing to the crash, according to Sulphur Springs Police Captain Norman Colyer. The ruling was based on an examination of the crash scene and witness reports.

Vo was traveling west on the service road near Spanish Trails apartments when his vehicle fishtailed and he lost control of his vehicle, which went into the ditch striking a culvert before overturning at least once, likely multiple times and ejecting the driver.  Vo was pronounced dead at the scene.

Colyer said that while the streets were dry, the apartment area was not lighted. In addition to speeding, Vo had just come out of a turn on Industrial Drive when the accident occurred.

The second fatal wreck involved a motorcycle and a deer and occurred around 4 a.m. Monday morning. A motorist contacted officers after seeing a person laying sprawled in the road on FM 269 near County Road 2408 and a motorcycle laying nearby in the ditch. 

Pickton Pine Forest firefighters responded to the accident scene along with sheriff’s deputies and state troopers and investigators remained at the scene for several hours. The cyclist, thought to be from the Pickton area, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His identity was not immediately released by state troopers.

According to DPS reports, the Pickton man was traveling on FM 269 south on a 2005 model Harley Davidson early this morning when he struck a deer. The rider, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from his on impact and the motorcycle crashed into a ditch. No further information about the crash was available Monday morning.

The two wrecks are the second and third fatality accidents to occur within the past five days in Hopkins County, and nine for the year. 

Anthony James Curran, 18, was killed Wednesday afternoon when his vehicle went out of control, skidding across both lanes of FM 1567, through a barbed wire fence striking a tree and overturning. Speed and road conditions were cited as factors contributing to the crash.

Troopers, police and Sulphur Springs firefighters were also tied up early Monday morning on Interstate 30 between College Street and Radio Road after two 18-wheelers collided. The impact caused the thousands of pounds of lumber on one of the trailers to spill, blocking traffic lanes. Officials remained at the scene from around 3 a.m. until after 5 a.m. Monday, overseeing clean up and routing traffic around the accident scene.

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