Sunday morning, just after 1:30 am a Montgomery County Dispatcher with a sense of urgency in her voice, reported a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lanes of I –45 approaching Research. Shenandoah Officers jumped the median and stopped all traffic on I-45 southbound with the intention of taking the vehicle as it got to them. But within seconds, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy called for an ambulance and fire equipment at I-45 just north of Woodlands Parkway. He reported a Chevrolet Impala struck a Pontiac G6 head on.
South Montgomery County Fire Department quickly arrived on the scene and cut the driver of the Chevrolet out. MCHD rushed him to Hermann Hospital Woodlands in critical condition. Later Hermann transferred the driver identified as Edward Blackwell, 43, of Montgomery. It was also determined he did have an elevated level of alcohol in his blood.
The others passengers were not able to be saved. Dominique Hobbs, 27, of Grand Prairie was the passenger in the Pontiac G6. He was pronounced dead on the scene by Justice of the Peace Matt Masden.
The female driver in the Pontiac was also pronounced dead on the scene, but has not been identified yet.
The male passenger in the Chevrolet has not yet been identified as of yet and was pronounced dead on the scene. All three were transported by Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for Autopsy.
According to witnesses the Chevrolet Impala was southbound on the I-45 feeder. When the driver approached the entrance ramp just before Woodlands Parkway he entered the freeway, stopped and made a u-turn on the main lanes of the freeway and drove north in the southbound lanes.
I-45 remained closed until almost 7 am as the crash was investigated by DPS and The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. If the intoxicated driver survives he will face three counts of intoxicated manslaughter.
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