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May 30, 2007

One-car crash leaves second Huntsville student critical, third ‘progressing’

A one-car accident has left one Huntsville High School student dead, while a second remains in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

Rebecca Whitehead, 15, died Tuesday morning of injuries she suffered in the accident, and Rebecca Nash, 15, was listed in critical condition late Tuesday night, according to a spokesperson at Memorial Hermann.

Whitehead and Nash were among five Huntsville High School students involved in the accident occurring around 8 p.m. Sunday north of the entrance to Elkins Lake on the southbound I-45 feeder road.

Also injured was passenger Sara Davis, 15, while driver Leeann Green, 17, and passenger Katy Rudd, 15, were treated and released from Huntsville Memorial Hospital Sunday night, according to Huntsville Police Department Officer Scott Bennett.

Davis’ youth minster, Tim Ramsey, said Whitehead died at approximately 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Ramsey also said that Nash remained in a coma late Tuesday, and had sustained facial fractures, a tear in her liver, punctured lungs and some cranial bleeding.

Whitehead and Nash were transported by Life Flight to Memorial Herman on the night of the accident.

Davis was taken by helicopter to the College Station Medical Center after the accident.

“She ended up with a broken rib, two broken bones in her back, face lacerations and a bruised lung, but she’s progressing,” Ramsey said.

Bennett said the five teenagers were traveling south on the southbound I-45 feeder road when the accident occurred.

“It appeared that the vehicle veered off the road, back into the road and then veered back off, striking a tree,” Bennett said Tuesday. “It then came to rest against another tree.

The accident is still under investigation.”

Bennett said there was no indication of any alcohol or narcotics involved in the cause of the accident.

The accident report indicated Davis was not wearing a seat belt, and it was unclear if Whitehead and Nash were using restraints.

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