Opening weekend proves to be dangerous on McCulloch roads

The opening weekend of the regular hunting season proved to be dangerous on the highways and byways in McCulloch County as two major accidents sent several local residents to the hospital with serious injuries. Two accidents on Saturday, one in the early pre- dawn hours and the other just after sundown, sent four people to the hospital. The first accident was reported around 5 a.m. on F.M. 765 approximately 7.5 miles east of Doole. According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Glen Griffith, Jessie Jo Conrad, 20, of Brady was driving a 2003 Toyota Tundra eastbound on F.M. 765 when she lost control of the vehicle. Signs at the scene of the crash show that she over corrected when her tires went off the right side of the road causing her to cross the road into the opposite barrow ditch. The speed at which the vehicle was traveling caused the pickup to launch over the fence and come to a stop upside down in the brush after flipping several times. The passenger in the truck was Joseph David Hall, 27, also was of Brady. According to Trooper Griffith, he was reportedly able to make it back to the road and signal for help from a passing motorist. Conrad was flown to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo with a broken leg and severe internal injuries. Last reports were that she was listed in critical condition. Hall was taken by Brady EMS crews to the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital where he was later transferred to Brownwood Regional Medical Center. Reports taken at the scene by the trooper indicate that the couple had been out partying at a friend’s deer lease and were headed back to Brady. Hall, the passenger, was deemed to be intoxicated. No determination has yet been made if the driver had been drinking. The second serious accident of the day happened on F.M. 2028 near the water storage tanks at about 7:30 p.m. Sheila May, 37, of Brady was traveling east in a 1994 Saturn when her car was struck on the left side by a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Jessica Cloer of Gainesville. According to Brady Police Department reports, Mrs. Cloer swerved to miss a deer in the road and lost control of her vehicle which then struck May’s eastbound car in the left side with the major portion of the impact at the driver’s door. The initial impact deployed the driver’s side airbag. Mrs. May was trapped in her vehicle between the door and the console until Brady fire and rescue personnel could extricate her using hydraulic rescue tools. She was transported to the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital and then later airlifted to Shannon. According to her father-in-law, Jay May, she will be released today (Tuesday) from the hospital and allowed to come home to recuperate from a pelvis fracture in four different places as well as rib and arm injuries. “She is very sore and has a lot of pain, but she is doing all right,” said May. “She can hardly move because of the injuries and the pain, and she has a long road of recovery ahead of her.” The condition of Mrs. Cloer was not known as of press time.

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