Leon County Fatal Accident

Jun 9, 2008 Full story: KBTX-TV Bryan 83

One person was killed after a traffic accident on Interstate 45. It involved four cars and happened south of Buffalo around 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

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Kelli

United States

#1 Jun 9, 2008
This was one of the most horrbile accidents I had ever seen. We were traveling back to DFW and passed by after emergency crews were on the scene. One truck was in the middle of the highway, the cab was completely smashed and was no longer attatched to the frame of the truck. The rest of the truck was just the frame and bed sitting about 50 feet away. Another Dodge truck had the whole cab and windshield crushed and crews were working to get someone out of the passanger side. A semi-truck had some damage to its cab and upper part of the trailer. I didn't see the 4th car.
aggie96

United States

#2 Jun 9, 2008
This was the most horrible accident I have ever seen in my life. I was traveling Southbound from Dallas back to Houston, and I saw this scene an hour after it happened. I knew it had to be speed related based on the devastation I saw. God bless the innocent victims. I have traveled this stretch of road for over 10 years, 3-5 times a year and people are always speeding. Please be cautious.
Tammy - Midlothian TX

Chicago, IL

#3 Jun 9, 2008
We were traveling back from Houston to Dallas when I saw a ball of dust about 1/4 to 1/2 mile ahead of us. It appeared a vehicle had crossed the median from the southbound lanes into the north bound traffic. As we arrived on the scene, people were quickly jumping out of their cars and attending to those involved. A body lay on the highway and someone quickly covered it up. A pickup was in the middle of the highway with nothing left but the frame and a portion of the bed of the truck. Another pickup had the whole cab and windshield smashed. I saw the semi, but did not see a 4th vehicle. Crews arrived just before we got around the accident.
Cherie - Houston Texas

Houston, TX

#4 Jun 9, 2008
My family was traveling from Coppell to Houston when suddenly my husband saw a black truck in the rearview mirror coming up behind us at a very high rate of speed. The truck bounced from right to left as if not really knowing which path to take behind us to get around us then the truck took the shoulder just beside us scaring us really bad. I feared for what would happen as I saw this vehicle do this a couple more times in front of us. A minute later we came upon smoke and we wondered if this could be the truck that we saw and it was. There was nobody on the scene at this point and people we just beginning to stop to help. It was the most herrific scene that I have ever witnessed in my life. It was hard to see this. We witness one male lying in the middle of the road and we began to pray. There was another silver truck and the cab was completely smashed, an eighteen wheeler with trailer damage, the black truck was completely torn apart on the road. Please be careful on the roadways as we felt that we were a near miss for this horrible accident.
kobossy

Paramount, CA

#5 Jun 9, 2008
We also saw this while returning from Houston. I've seen idiots driving as described by Cherie. May not be the politically correct thing to say, but if there are fatalities, hopefully it's those who are driving like idiots and not innocent bystanders obeying the law and trying to stay out of the way. If you're reading this and you drive 80+, passing on shoulders and getting mad at those of us in your way, SLOW DOWN so that you don't take us and our loved ones with you when you go.
asmith

Cypress, TX

#6 Jun 10, 2008
I hate to say that my friend died in this accident, and she was an innocent victim to the speeder. She and her husband were heading home after going to a babyshower for a family member. Her husband is in a coma. Please think of others when you are driving irratically. I believe the person who was speeding also died.
2011AgDad

United States

#7 Jun 10, 2008
We were travelling southbound on I45 after leaving the Freestone MX National in Wortham Tx. on Sunday evening. This was a horrific seen. The emergency personnel in route to the seen had just past us when we came upon the devestation. I cannot forget the sight of a small boy 10 -11 years old maybe in a Peyton Manning jersey pacing frantically back and forth in the northbound lanes. Clothing and various items were strewn across the site. The Black Ford P/U was shredded beyond belief. A silver Dodge ram was beat up pretty bad as well as an 18 wheeler. I did not see a forth vehicle. Please pray for these poor people...especially the innocent victims. No one deserves this...even the driver at fault.
Gerry - Arlington

Dallas, TX

#8 Jun 10, 2008
My condolences to Meganís family. James, we are praying for you.
LeAnne

Houston, TX

#9 Jun 10, 2008
I also saw the wreckage from this accident, however, did not witness anything happen. I only saw the two pickup trucks and it was enough to scare me down to my bones. I have NEVER ever in my life seen two vehicles torn to so many pieces as these two. My heart goes out to the family that lost a loved one. All due to wreckless speeding. I see this on this stretch of road all the time traveling from Houston to DFW and back. PLEASE be careful. Arriving at your destination 10 minutes or even ten hours faster is never worth a life.
MConstant

United States

#10 Jun 10, 2008
Meagen was a beautiful, vibrant person full of love and joy! Anybody who knew her loved her. You couldn't help it, she was just that lovable!
But due to a Toyota Tundra that was being driven by Dennis Stankas, 58, from Houston. Her life was cut short and her poor husband, Jamie, is struggling for his. There is NO WHERE that man had to be that was worth my friends life! Please people slow down! On my way home from the hospital 3 1/2 hours away people were speeding around me. I wanted to scream at them and tell them to slow down! I lost a long time dear friend because someone had some where they had to be and thought they could get there quicker if they accelerated that ball of metal down the road faster!!!! Not only did he put a lot of people's lives at risk but he took one life that was very dear to me! My love goes out to the Grace family. Jamie is a Grace, therefore, he is strong and will pull through this!
Please people slow down... You have no idea the ripple effect something devastating like this causes.
Garcia Family

Mexia, TX

#11 Jun 10, 2008
We where headed home from Houston and all of a sudden a truck goes flying through the air and big ball of dirt and smoke appeared we where the first vehicles to pull behind them. My wife and I got out the truck running towards the trucks there was Dennis Stankas on the ground all folded up so I grabbed a towel and covered him up before all the kids saw how horrible he looked. My wife and another women went straight towards Meagen and began trying to help her and her husband. My wife and the other lady stayed with her until the ambulance arrived. They did as much as they could to help. There was only a frame and motor left on the black truck and the cab and the bed was about 30 feet behind it. They had to cut the dodge's cab off to pull the couple out then they carried them away. I want to say sorry to the families with lost ones. We tried our best to help. We would like to hear updates on Mr. Grace. GOD BLESS U ALL!
RGrace

Mont Belvieu, TX

#12 Jun 11, 2008
Meagan was one of my best friends, but she was more like family, even before she married my cousin Jamie. I met her when she was 18 going to school in Houston. We shared many great times. I keep thinking of how she always had a flair for the dramatic - she really knew how to tell a story, impressions and all. She had a great laugh and was always there when you needed her. Neither one of us had a sister, so we always thought of each other like that. I keep wanting to call her to cry on her shoulder about all that has happened, but I can't. Meagan and Jamie got to know each other at a car accident that my family was in almost 4 years ago. Meagan stayed with me the whole time I was in the hospital and recovering. I don't think I was ever able to relay to her just how grateful I was for her being there for me and my family at that time. When I heard about the accident, we didn't have any news yet on how Meagan was. All I could think of on my way to the hospital was going to be by her side like she was for me. I didn't get that chance. Jamie is tough, and he continues to fight. He's in critical condition and all the family keeps thinking about is what's poor Jamie going to do when he wakes up and finds out Meagan's not here. I don't usually share this kind of stuff with strangers. Anyone who knows me knows I'm a private person, but people need to know that these people that we drive around all the time may be strangers, but they are people with families and friends and stories and futures. This is the 3rd family member be have lost to a car accident. I just don't understand why so many people just don't get it - you can't drive crazy anymore than you would point a gun at people. We may drive every day, but we can't ever forget the power it has to take lives. I also wanted to thank so much the kind people who were there for them after the accident.
Cathy and Ronnie

United States

#13 Jun 11, 2008
RGrace wrote:
Meagan was one of my best friends, but she was more like family, even before she married my cousin Jamie. I met her when she was 18 going to school in Houston. We shared many great times. I keep thinking of how she always had a flair for the dramatic - she really knew how to tell a story, impressions and all. She had a great laugh and was always there when you needed her. Neither one of us had a sister, so we always thought of each other like that. I keep wanting to call her to cry on her shoulder about all that has happened, but I can't. Meagan and Jamie got to know each other at a car accident that my family was in almost 4 years ago. Meagan stayed with me the whole time I was in the hospital and recovering. I don't think I was ever able to relay to her just how grateful I was for her being there for me and my family at that time. When I heard about the accident, we didn't have any news yet on how Meagan was. All I could think of on my way to the hospital was going to be by her side like she was for me. I didn't get that chance. Jamie is tough, and he continues to fight. He's in critical condition and all the family keeps thinking about is what's poor Jamie going to do when he wakes up and finds out Meagan's not here. I don't usually share this kind of stuff with strangers. Anyone who knows me knows I'm a private person, but people need to know that these people that we drive around all the time may be strangers, but they are people with families and friends and stories and futures. This is the 3rd family member be have lost to a car accident. I just don't understand why so many people just don't get it - you can't drive crazy anymore than you would point a gun at people. We may drive every day, but we can't ever forget the power it has to take lives. I also wanted to thank so much the kind people who were there for them after the accident.
Ronnie and I are so sorry....you know we love you and your family. I can hardly think of Jamie being hurt like that and both physically and spiritually. He has lost his soul mate. Although I didn't know Meagan, she had to be wonderful if you all loved her. We will pray for you all.
RBowers

Houston, TX

#14 Jun 11, 2008
I passed this accident heading back to Houston from Dallas. Sadly this is the second fatal accident I have seen in a row making this route. People slow down! I used to have a lead foot myself, but several years ago learned that the posted speed signs are there for a reason, not some police trap.

This accident was the most awful I have seen. I passed by as life flight was coming...no accident has made me gasp in grief for people I don't know as this one. I saw three vehicles and I could only recognize the 18-wheeler. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this.
minpen

Katy, TX

#15 Jun 12, 2008
I also saw this horrible accident and my prayers are for all of you that suffered loss. I HAVE NEVER in my 36 years seen something so tramatic, and I feel I have seen quite a bit. I can't not get the memory of that young boy standing in front of the Dodge truck w/ arms folded & a fearful look in his eye. I believe it's the same boy that "2011AgDad" mentioned above. Please drive carefully & remember when you are late or whatever the case is, it's not worth hurting yourself or others!!
MrsHPC

Houston, TX

#16 Jun 14, 2008
I really don't know what to say. My prayers go out to the families. As we travelled back to Houston from Dallas, we came upon this accident and all I could do was scream "Jesus". I did see one deceased person on the freeway and was wondering how everyone else was doing. I searched the Dallas area papers to see if I could find word on the others conditions. Did an internet search tonight, and now discovered that another life is gone. I understand the hurt that the families are going through. May the peace of God keep you through this.
Loved one

Fort Worth, TX

#17 Jun 15, 2008
Meagan was a very dear friend of mine whom I miss so very much. We appreciate all your efforts and thank god she had someone there with her. Was she alert and aware of what was going on or was she already uncontious? and Jamie also? Did either of them realize what had happened or able to speak? awake?
As you know, Meagan died shortly after getting to the hospital but she apparently had a very bad laceration/head trauma. Jamie also had head and lung damage. He is still in a coma but they are optimistic. He has had a stroke which set him back so at this point, nobody has been able to talk to him or know if he even remembers what happened and he does not know about Meagan.
Garcia Family wrote:
We where headed home from Houston and all of a sudden a truck goes flying through the air and big ball of dirt and smoke appeared we where the first vehicles to pull behind them. My wife and I got out the truck running towards the trucks there was Dennis Stankas on the ground all folded up so I grabbed a towel and covered him up before all the kids saw how horrible he looked. My wife and another women went straight towards Meagen and began trying to help her and her husband. My wife and the other lady stayed with her until the ambulance arrived. They did as much as they could to help. There was only a frame and motor left on the black truck and the cab and the bed was about 30 feet behind it. They had to cut the dodge's cab off to pull the couple out then they carried them away. I want to say sorry to the families with lost ones. We tried our best to help. We would like to hear updates on Mr. Grace. GOD BLESS U ALL!
southern oregon

Kennewick, WA

#18 Jun 16, 2008
For my sister, Kathy, and her husband, Frank (Meagan's parents), I would like to let those who knew Meagan and those who did not that your kind thoughts and prayers are thankfully welcomed and appreciated. Meagan is going to be greatly missed by all of us in the family.
Loved one

United States

#19 Jun 19, 2008
I too, am curious if Meagan was aware of what was going on when the accident happened. Was she alert?? Did she know your wife was there holding her hand and trying to help or was she already unconcious?? THis is a BIG question that people have been asking. Please let us know this.
Loved one wrote:
Meagan was a very dear friend of mine whom I miss so very much. We appreciate all your efforts and thank god she had someone there with her. Was she alert and aware of what was going on or was she already uncontious? and Jamie also? Did either of them realize what had happened or able to speak? awake?
As you know, Meagan died shortly after getting to the hospital but she apparently had a very bad laceration/head trauma. Jamie also had head and lung damage. He is still in a coma but they are optimistic. He has had a stroke which set him back so at this point, nobody has been able to talk to him or know if he even remembers what happened and he does not know about Meagan. <quoted text>
AC- PIttsburgh PA

Canonsburg, PA

#20 Jun 21, 2008
My heart does go out to the families of the lives that were lost in this tragic accident. But please, before you pass judgement on my UNCLE, we all make poor decisions while driving. I'd like to think of the person that just almost killed my husband the other day on the highway because she was "text messaging" while driving. And for the man that called my uncle "the speeding idiot", have you ever tried to pass someone while driving and tried to do it a little too quickly?? Until you have proof that you follow the speed limit religiously you shouldn't make comments like that. My uncle was a loving, caring and selfless man and would never ever wanted something like this to happen. Think about what you just typed the next time you pass someone on the highway. My uncle NEVER would've wanted something like this to happen.

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