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Four injured in crash
Houston County Courier - August 2009
By Daphne Hereford
CROCKETT – A Crockett man was arrested after the 2000 Mercury he was driving crashed into the All Saints Episcopal Church on East Houston Avenue about 6:22 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.
According to reports, Ben Richardson was driving westbound on East Houston when he reportedly lost control and crashed into the north front part of the church.
The 36-year-old Richardson was not at the scene when authorities arrived. Richardson reportedly told authorities he left the scene to go to someone’s house to report the incident.
Richardson was cited for failure to control speed and arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
Crockett Police Officer Isaias Rodriguez, ETMC EMS and Crockett Fire Department responded to the call.
In a separate incident, four people were transported to ETMC Crockett following a Friday night, Sept. 11 two vehicle crash in Kennard.
According to reports, the crash occurred about 10:30 p.m. on Hwy. 7 at Julia Street when an eastbound 2000 Chevrolet Camero, driven by Robert Benavides 27, of Ratcliff began to spin after the driver, due to unsafe speed and possible intoxication, and traveled into the westbound lane striking an oncoming 2006 Mercedes Benz, driven by Kimberly Best, 30, of Kennard.
Authorities said both Benavides and his passenger, Cathy Musick, 34, of Pollok, were ejected from the Camero.
Ms. Best and her passenger, Ginger Denson, 20, of Elkhart, were reportedly transported to ETMC Crockett by ETMC EMS and treated and released for the injuries they sustained in the crash.
Benavides and Ms. Musick were transported to ETMC Crockett by ETMC EMS.
Later Benavides was reportedly transferred to ETMC Tyler.
Texas Department of Public Safety Senior Trooper Bob Reeves, Kennard Volunteer Fire Department, Kennard First Responders, and Houston County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call.
The crash remained under investigation as of press time on Wednesday, Sept. 16.