Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 7, 2015

I-20 pileup
Monitor Staff Reports
CANTON–A Brownsboro man is dead following a nine-vehicle pile up on the I-20 near Canton Monday.
The chain reaction occured near the Myrtle Springs Cemetery Road exit two miles east of Canton. Earlier that day crews conducting maintenance work and the highway had been narrowed to one-lane.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jean Dark, the accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. when an 18-wheeler traveling in the right lane of traffic “failed to control his speed and ran into the back of a 2007 Ford Escape traveling in that same lane.”

The Ford Escape then ran into the back of a 2013 Ford SEL. The Ford SEL came up on the back of a 2015 KIA Soul which which ran up on a 1998 Peterbilt truck towing a flatbed trailer.”

The 18-wheeler then hit a Jeep Grand Cherokee pushing it into another 18-wheeler, a 2007 Western Star towing a Wabash trailer, Dark explained.

“As the Ford Escape was being pushed to its final resting location into the south ditch area, a 2002 Lexus was then struck from behind by a Ford F150,” Dark added.

The driver of the Escape, 41-year-old David Brimage of Brownsboro, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Ronnie Daniell.

The SEL was driven by Rachel Brimage, 36, also of Brownsboro. She was taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with serious injuries, Dark said. Two passengers in her vehicle – a 13-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl – were both taken to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas with serious injuries. As of Thursday, no additional deaths were reported Dark told The Monitor.

Deborah Phillips, 65, of Jena, La., the driver of the Jeep Cherokee, was taken to Trinity Mother Frances-Tyler in serious condition.

Agusta Phillips, 72, Peggy Wilson, 32, and a 13-year-old girl were all passengers in the Jeep. They were taken to Trinity Mother Frances-Tyler where they were listed in stable condition.
The driver of the KIA Soul was Shelley Jack, 45, of Monroe, La. She, too, was taken to Trinity Mother Frances-Tyler and was listed in stable condition.

“There were no other injuries reported with the other vehicles involved,” Dark said.
No other information was made available at presstime.

“This is a preliminary report,” Dark said. “Contributing factors to the crash will be included on the final crash report.”

The Texas Department of Transportation estimates that each year approximately 15,000 crashes and more than 100 people are killed in highway construction and maintenance zones.

“Motorists traveling through work zones make up the majority of fatalities,” information from the agency stated. “Two leading causes of work zone crashes are failure to control speed and driver inattention,” a report states.

Roadway work zones driving tips include:

• Slow down and always follow posted work zone speed limits. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Remember, traffic fines double in work zones.
• Pay attention. Workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
• Be patient. Delays from highway construction can be frustrating, but it only takes a few extra minutes to slow down for a work zone.
• Plan ahead. Leave a few minutes early when traveling through a work zone in order to reach your destination on time.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 4, 2015

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

SEVEN POINTS–A bazarre incident had the social media sites buzzing following a one-car wreck on State Highway 274 in Seven Points Sunday.

A man had stopped at the Chevron Station at the blinking light on SH 274 to get gas. His 3-year-old son was in his car seat in the back.

While preparing to pump his gas, a second man, later identified as 30-year-old Kemp area resident Andrew Clay, threw a punch at him and jumped into his car.

The bazarre part is that Clay was nude at the time.

A short distance from the gas station, he may have discovered that he was not alone in the car, which may have prompted him to abandon his plan and jump out. However, he didn’t stop or put the car into park, so it kept rolling, until it wrecked a short distance later on the side of the road.

In the meantime, the victim had reported the theft of his car with his son on board.

Seven Points Officer Matt Faulkner responded to the call and came upon Clay standing naked in the roadway. According to a press release, Clay was very agitated and combative. It took the assistance of two

firefighters to subdue him.
The toddler was sent to Gun Barrel City ETMC as a precaution, treated and released. His father was treated at the scene for minor injury, and Clay was also transported to the Emergency Room for minor injury before being transported to the Henderosn County Jail.

He was charged with robbery, abandoning/endangering a child with imminent danger of bodiy injury, three counts of assault on a public servant, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and driving while intoxicated with a child younger than 15. He also had outstanding warrants out of Kaufman and Collin counties. His bonds total more than $200,000.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 31, 2015

Peebles and Irvin

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
EUSACE–Cowboys great Michael Irvin made a stop in Eustace Wednesday to honor EHS student Taylor Peebles for being a finalist for the U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence.
Irvin congratulated Peebles for her academic and athletic success and said that as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he knew a thing or two about excellence.

“Taylor has strived to be the best she can be and has made a commitment to others to do great things,” Irvin said. “She is a member of the volleyball, basketball and track teams and does community work by participating in service projects with First Baptist Church. I know her heart is in the right place.”

Peebles is one of just twenty finalists from across the country among high school male and female sophomores, juniors and seniors to get the honor. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame website a special event was held at the high school of each finalist, highlighted by a Pro Football Hall of Famer presenting them with their Finalist Plaque of Excellence for achieving academically, athletically, and being active in their communities. Peebles will be attending the next Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio.

Irvin also congratulated Principal Stan Sowers for overseeing such an excellent student. Sowers said that the presentation reflects “positively on the entire Eustace student body and staff.”
Peebles is a member of the National Honor Society, a four-year member of the Student Counci and organized a clothes drive for students.

“I am honored to be here today and to thank the U.S. Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame for giving their support, awards and accolades, ” Peebles said.