Four are dead and a Navasota man is charged with Intoxicated Manslaughter, after a pair of Sunday morning, multi-vehicle accidents in the County of Grimes.
DPS Trooper Jimmy Morgan says the first happened shortly before 4am, September 17th, south of Navasota on Highway 6. He says a 1999 Ford Expedition that was travelling northbound in the southbound lane was struck by a 2004 Toyota Matrix. The driver of the Expedition has been identified as 31-year-old Daniel Herrara of Navasota. The driver of the Matrix has been identified as Bethany Shockey, 26, of Magnolia.
Shortly afterwards, Morgan reports a southbound Chevy struck the Toyota, ejecting Shockey, who later died at the CHI St. Joseph Health Center in Navasota.
Morgan says two injured in the crash were treated and released. Herrara was arrested and booked into the Grimes County Jail, charged with Intoxicated Manslaughter, where he bailed out the next day on a $10,000 bond.
The second crash, Morgan tells Navasota News was shortly before Noon Sunday at the intersection of FMs 2562 and 149.
One of the dead, 20-year-old Nichole Billnoske of Willis, failed to stop, and was hit both by a Volvo and a Volkswagon. The other fatalities were passengers in the Volkswagon: 56-year-old Stephen Markowski and 66-year-old Kenith Donle, both of Bryan.
The Volvo driver was treated and released. The volkswagon driver, 55-year-old Jill Markowski of Bryan was taken to the CHI St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan in stable condition.