A 3-year-old boy died Sunday from injuries he received when the vehicle in which he rode collided with another vehicle on the east side of town. Four other people, including a 1-year-old girl, were also injured.
The wreck happened at 1:38 p.m. on FM 121, near the Edwards Road intersection. First responders from Van Alstyne police, fire and EMS, Whitewright, Sherman, and Tom Bean F.D.s, Texas Department of Public Safety, and one helicopter ambulance all worked together to get the five occupants of the two vehicles to medical help.
DPS Sgt. Mark Tackett said the young boy was riding in a 2011 gray Cadillac SUV going west on FM 121, driven by his mother, 24-year-old Karla Franco-Rico of Anna, and also occupied by his younger sister, age 1, both secured in car safety seats. The mother lost control of the vehicle and it went off the roadway. She reportedly over-corrected and then collided with a westbound gray Chevrolet pickup, occupied by two Leonard residents, who Tackett did not identify. The pickup sideswiped the SUV and came to a stop in the ditch.
Van Alstyne EMS shift commander Johnny Smith immediately had dispatch summon a helicopter ambulance to the scene. Meanwhile, he also asked for and received help from the other fire departments to assist with possible extrication of the victims from their vehicles and to set up the landing zone on FM 121 for the helicopter.
Tom Bean first responders used their extrication tools to free the Anna woman, and accomplished that in about 10 minutes, said Van Alstyne Fire Chief Ryan Dockery.
The helicopter ambulance lifted off with the boy and flew him to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas; but once there, medical professionals pronounced the boy deceased. Whitewright ambulance took the mother and the 1-year-old girl to Wilson N. Jones Hospital in Sherman. Tackett said their injuries were not considered as life-threatening. It was a Sherman ambulance who transported the Trenton couple to another Sherman hospital, and Tackett said their injuries were not considered life-threatening as well.
During this time, traffic from both directions on this 2-lane farm-to-market road had to turn around and find another route to their destinations. Dockery said it was Tom Bean first responders who had drivers turn around on the east side of the crash and Van Alstyne police worked with those on the west side to turn around safely. It was also Van Alstyne, Dockery said, who set up the landing zone on the roadway for the air ambulance.
After all the victims had been transported to the various medical centers, the DPS crash investigation team of at least four troopers began their forensic investigation. Tackett said they took measurements for reconstruction of what led up to and what happened after the two vehicles crashed. The roadway remained closed during the hours it took for that investigation, and the troopers left the scene at 6:38 p.m., five hours after the crash was first called in.