Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tragic collision kills two in
Monitor Staff Reports
BERRYVILLE–Shane Lawrence Morgan, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church in Berryville, along with his daughter 12-year-old Kalee were killed Feb. 13 in a head-on collision.
His wife Lisa Ann and 4-year-old daughter Emily Paige survived the crash and were reported recovering Friday at Mother Frances Hospital and Parkland Hospital in Dallas by the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
Department of Public Safety trooper James Martin reported the accident occurred about 4:45 p.m. on Farm-to-Market 317, about 18 miles south of Brownsboro.
Morgan, 34, died of his injuries at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, while his daughter was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the report.
Naval Chief Petty Officer Jose Luis Joel Miramontes Jr., 31, of Kemp was driving westbound on FM 317 in a 2007 Chevrolet Impala and attempted to pass another vehicle when he went into oncoming traffic and struck head-on the 2006 Suzuki Morgan was driving.
Martin noted the crash site was in a passing zone, but on a hill with a small dip that could obstruct the view of a passing car.
Miramontes was transported to Tyler ETMC, where he remained in serious condition with multiple injuries, including broken legs, Martin reported.
He also reported that Miramontes told him the sun was in his eyes when he moved to pass the other vehicle.
Troopers were reconstructing the accident using computer programs. No charges were filed, pending their investigation.
Lisa Ann Morgan is a fourth grade teacher at Brownsboro Intermediate – the same school daughter Kalee attended.
Children at the school were informed of the wreck before classes commenced on Thursday, Valentine’s Day.
Brownsboro ISD assistant superintendent Vicki York reports this is third time since December the district has dealt with death among its employees.
A teacher’s husband was killed while building a barn and another faculty member lost her 4-year-old to a sudden illness. She added that Lisa graduated from Brownsboro and her mother had also been a teacher at the school.
A memorial fund has been set up at the First State Bank of Frankston and donations can also be made to the bank’s branches in Noonday and Palestine.
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