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One dies in July 4 accident that injures three
San Jacinto News- Times

COLDSPRING – A Fourth of July accident that killed one and injured four is still under investigation, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Raeshel Lee. Lee said 18-year-old Shantoya Hill of Coldspring was taken by ambulance to Cleveland Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Patience Hightower, 18, of Coldspring and Kelvin Punch Jr., 18, of Point Blank were taken by ambulance to Conroe Regional Hospital and 16-year-old Areial Shelly was fl own by air ambulance to Hermann Memorial Hospital. According to Lee, Punch remains in intensive care with kidney and hip injuries while Shelly remains in intensive care with a fractured skull and broken bones. Hightower, who was driving the vehicle, sustained minor injuries. Hightower was wearing a seat belt. The three passengers were ejected from the vehicle. “It has not been determined at this time whether or not the passengers were wearing seat belts,” Lee said. While the crash is still in the early stages of the investigation, Lee said the vehicle left the roadway for an unknown reason, the driver over-corrected, the vehicle rolled over and three passengers were ejected while the vehicle came to a rest upright against a utility poll. The accident occurred around 8:27 p.m. on Hwy. 150 and Petroleum Road in Coldspring.


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