Thursday, May 6, 2010





  KHS senior critically injured in wreck
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–A Kemp High School senior is fighting for life in the Intensive Care Unit at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, following an early-morning one-car accident Sunday.
Catherine Forrest, 17, was critically injured in the 4:30 a.m. wreck, which happened at the intersection of State Highway 274 and Farm-to-Market 3396 near the HamLins apartment complex south of Kemp.
She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Jose Mendoza, who walked away from the accident without a scratch, according to Catherine’s mother, Helen Forrest.
Speaking by telephone from Parkland Hospital Tuesday morning, Helen Forrest said her daughter was in surgery at that moment to repair broken bones in her right leg and ankle.
Catherine suffered numerous injuries in the accident, with the most serious being a subdural hematoma (bleeding in the brain) and a broken bone in her neck, just below the skull, which is causing her spinal cord to swell and create temporary (it is hoped) paralysis on her right side, Mrs. Forrest reported.
Catherine remains unconscious, and hospital workers were planning to limit visitation to just the immediate family, because more than 60 visitors Monday was causing her stress, Mrs. Forrest said.
Catherine was on schedule to graduate May 29, and has already taken the oath to become a U.S. Navy sailor, Mrs. Forrest said.
“She was supposed to leave for boot camp June 10,” Mrs. Forrest added.
Kemp Independent School District superintendent Dr. Peter Running and KHS principal Kurt Schumacher and “half the senior class” have already been to Parkland to see Catherine, she said.
Mrs. Forrest said Mendoza and Catherine had been drinking at the Afterlife Club in Dallas before returning home.
“He (Mendoza) said he fell asleep before making the turn,” she said.
Mrs. Forrest said the Afterlife Club appears to be a regular hangout for many KHS students.
“I wanted them to take a good look at her when they go,” she noted.
Catherine is requiring regular blood transfusions, and Carter BloodCare center created an account for Catherine, who was a regular blood donor, Tuesday morning.
Donations made in Catherine Forrest’s name will be credited to her account – just credit sponsor number SPON024068.

Woman fights off robber in Wal-Mart parking lot
Be alert, prevent becoming a victim
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–An attempted purse-snatching Friday in the Wal-Mart parking lot has left a woman with a broken foot, bruises and a bad case of road rash.
Gun Barrel City police are investigating the robbery, investigator Larry Worrick said Tuesday, but declined to elaborate.
According to individuals familiar with the incident, the Kemp resident had just exited her car with her two little girls, ages 6 and 7, when a man attacked her.
She fought for her purse and as a result was hurt.
When unsuccessful, the attacker left in a four-door black Ford truck, which had its license plate number concealed.
The attack occurred in broad daylight at around 4:30 p.m.
The woman believes another elderly woman had been the attacker’s first choice, but a passing car may have nixed the opportunity, her husband told The Monitor.
“It makes me very angry. I hate stuff like that. It aggravates me, even if it wasn’t my wife,” the Dallas firefighter said.
“We always talk to our children about not walking away from us, and that’s what she was doing when it happened,” he added.
Though insisting his wife remain unidentified, he wants others to know what happened, so they can be warned to pay attention to their surroundings – both would-be victims and those who could step in and prevent harm.

Fatal wreck slows traffic into Mabank

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Courtesy Photo/Summer Rush
Mabank officer Kenneth Otterline responded to a one-car rollover at the end of his night

shift 6:15 a.m. Tuesday on State Highway 198, just north of Mabank. The woman driver of
a 1993 Dodge Stratus died at the scene. Her identity was being withheld pending notification
of next of kin. She is believed to have been 48 or 49 years of age. Her body was taken to the
medical examiner’s office in Dallas County. The reason for the crash is under investigation.

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