Leon County Fatal Accident

Leon County Fatal Accident

There are 83 comments on the KBTX-TV Bryan story from Jun 9, 2008, titled Leon County Fatal Accident. In it, KBTX-TV Bryan reports that:

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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JRTX

Arlington, TX

#21 Jun 21, 2008
To AC- I know that your uncle probably wouldn't have wanted this to happen. But the fact is that is did happen and people have lost a dear friend and loved one. The person that called your uncle a "speeding idiot" is trying to cope with their loss and maybe this was their way of coping. I don't think that you should attack them because they are trying to sort through their grief. If the tables were turned, I'm sure you would feel the same way about the person that ended your uncle's life. This was a horrible tragedy and everyone has lost someone dear to them. I feel bad for your family's loss as well and I pray that God is watching over your family.
AC- Pittsburgh PA

Washington, PA

#22 Jun 22, 2008
To JRTX, I know the people that lost Meagan are trying to cope and are venting just like my family is. I am in no way trying to take that away from them. However, it is very hard to read things about a family member that are negative and not try to defend them, especially when they are not with us anymore. And I do agree that that if the tables were turned, I would probably have a different outlook on the situation. I just want people to understand that we all make poor decisions while driving at one time or another. It doesn't make it right, but you do have to agree.

I am sorry. I am venting too.
Jeremy Grace

Tyler, TX

#23 Jun 23, 2008
Yes, it is hard to deal with loss, but you have to understand that your uncle was not just speeding, he was driving recklessly. Attempting to pass others on the shoulder isn't a slap on the wrist offense. He may have not intended for anything to happen, but it did because of his actions. He is responsible for the death of my sister-in-law no matter how you look at it. My brother is also laying in a hospital bed, unconscious, relying on a ventilator to survive. He has brain trauma and lung damage. He doesn't even know that his wife is dead and we are going to have to watch as his world crumbles when we tell him when he finally wakes up.
So please excuse me when I say that I don't have much sympathy for your uncle right now. I am sorry you lost someone you care about, but to try and defend his actions and minimize what he did... it isn't right even if you are venting.
Johnny Law

Houston, TX

#24 Jun 23, 2008
To AC, I do not think you really know how horiffic this accident scene really was. I have seen vehicles hit head on by 18 wheelers and they looked better that the vehicles in this accident. I still cannot get it out of my head. There was just the shells of these vehicles- you could not tell what they were. Speed kills. I can tell you I do not make poor or bad decisions while driving because most of the time I am looking out for people speeding, running red lights, and other idiotic behavior. An innocent family has been torn apart by a lawbreaker.
AC- Pittsburgh PA

Washington, PA

#25 Jun 23, 2008
Please excuse my ignorance to this situation. I am not from your area and did not know all of the details of what happened. Details that were not told to me by my family. I really am sorry. If I would have known what had happened I wouldn't have been so defensive. I wrote things out of anger without thinking. I know that I cannot take my words back, but please accept my apology. I feel terrible for all of you.
ETRMF

Coraopolis, PA

#26 Jun 24, 2008
I agree with you!!! Lawbreakers!!! Innocent people died and if it was thier family (knowing of them) they would be first to sue.
Johnny Law wrote:
To AC, I do not think you really know how horiffic this accident scene really was. I have seen vehicles hit head on by 18 wheelers and they looked better that the vehicles in this accident. I still cannot get it out of my head. There was just the shells of these vehicles- you could not tell what they were. Speed kills. I can tell you I do not make poor or bad decisions while driving because most of the time I am looking out for people speeding, running red lights, and other idiotic behavior. An innocent family has been torn apart by a lawbreaker.
MrsHPC

United States

#27 Jun 24, 2008
I waited to reply to these messages to be sure to reply with sensitivity. I understand the hurt that the Grace family is going through having gone through a similar situation with my brother 13 years ago as a result of someone else's negligence. The other driver died. We went through anger, depression and bitterness. When all that lifted, we began to forgive. After true forgiveness, we realized that the other person's family suffered too. They had nothing to do with the accident, and from what they knew of their relative, their father, brother, son, or uncle was a very nice man. We also realized that the other person did not intentionally cause this accident..... yes he was negligent, but still not intentional. We begin to wonder if there was something else that could have cause this man to have this accident. But we never found out, but are at peace now. The hurt is not as painful now. And as time goes on the same will hold true for you all.

So AC don't be too hard on the people here. This family is going through a rough time now. The pain you're feeling from the loss of your uncle should be an indication of the extreme pain that the Grace family is feeling from their loss and severe injury. There are a lot of hurting people here. This is not a time of bashing, but a time of binding together in prayer for the families -- most specifically for the Grace family and for the complete recovery (healing) of Jamie (James)
AGmejia

Alvarado, TX

#28 Jun 24, 2008
I dont know anyone of the victoms and didnt witness this tragedy! All i want to say is I live about 15 min from Dallas, and just to read all this broke me down in tears!!!! Im hispanic and catholic so therefor my Prayers go to the Grace family and I promise to pray at mass on sunday for James!!!!!!! May Meagan R.I.P! And James see the light of Nature again,,,a million hugs for the family after you guys give him this horrific news about his wife! GOD BLESS U ALL and for the GUARDIAN ANGEL to touch the soul of James tfor he can awakin his eyes threw GLory!
Meagans friend

United States

#29 Jun 25, 2008
While I am sorry for hurt at the loss of your uncle, he did cause the life of a very dear, sweet innocent person and caused another to be clinging to life in the hospital. There is speculation that "your uncle" was drinking and or on drugs. I think someone calling him a speeding idiot should be the least of your worries. Rather then being offended by the judgement you might try apologizing for his irresponsible behavior and the tragedy it has caused so many.
AC- PIttsburgh PA wrote:
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.
BrokeHeart Mansfield TX

Hurst, TX

#30 Jun 25, 2008
Are you kidding me? What in the world are you thinking? How YOUNG are you? Do you REALLY think this is TIME to condone your UNCLES behavior? You say he was "loving, caring and selfless man and would never ever wanted something like this to happen" If that were the case I do NOT think he would have been so SELFISH to take his own life and another with him and place another in the hospital. Maybe you should do some research on your uncle before you decide he was any sort of victim. You just thought you knew him obviously what he "potrayed" to many. Now you tell ALL of us that want to know "what was so important" that he was FLYING home at 90+. Answer our questions. If it was justified then EXPLAIN PLEASE!!!! Why do you think it is taking SO long to have his service? I hope you just learn a LIFE LESSON missy!
AC- PIttsburgh PA wrote:
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.
MissingMeaganGra ce

Hurst, TX

#31 Jun 26, 2008
Ok so i took some time to write this. I was just in AHHH over this email from the june 19th. Who DARE you AC. Maybe you should/need to do some research on precious uncle BEFORE you go running YOUR MOUTH!! How dare you minimize the damage he has done to hiw OWN famil + Meg's + Jamie's + the 18wheeler driver + Aston Marten driver. That is not enough and you TRY to justify his actions. Does it really matter IF or how many OTHER people try to pass & cut it short, NO i does NOT. yes there are ALSO IDIOTS who put us in jeapordy by silly phones and texting as well. You uncle did not just try to cut off one car and keep going. He was driving wrecklessy the ENTIRE time he was flying down i-45 like a SPEED DEMON> Since you think it is SO justified then you tell us WHY he was driving like an idiot? was there an emergency at home we don't know about it? or was he just higher then kite and OUT of his mind? You say your heart goes out, is it made of ROCK like your uncles? Your quote "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" Maybe you should THINK about what you type before you put these families in ANY MORE pain then YOUR PRECIOUS uncle has already caused.
AC- PIttsburgh PA wrote:
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.
milo

Hurst, TX

#32 Jun 26, 2008
So are you implying that your uncle was simply an inocent victim like the others in the accident? NO .... not at all!! If he had survived the FATAL accident then his tail would be in JAIL for man slaughter. How about that? That is exactly how innocent he is!!
AC- PIttsburgh PA wrote:
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.
a friend of Meg

Wichita, KS

#33 Jun 26, 2008
AC- PIttsburgh PA wrote:
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.
O.k. you obviously have no idea what really happened or at least I hope thatis the case. Your uncle was being an idiot. Sorry to say you must not have really known him as well as you thought. I am just in awhh that you would even post something. There is a lot of us that are curious if he was on drugs, or drinking, or mad at some one or racing or what was his reason for driving with no regards to those around. So do us all a favor and let us know once you find out.
JillHouston

Houston, TX

#34 Jun 26, 2008
Loved one wrote:
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.
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It's hard for me to comment on this accident, because it has scarred me for life. I am responding to your comment only because you asked. I would never share such a personal account lightly or to spread gossip. If it were my family, I would want to know. I was traveling back to Houston with my husband and infant son, and we came upon the wreck moments after it happened. We too had a near collision with Stankas probably 10 miles earlier as he flew past us on the shoulder. I am 8 months pregnant, but I am also a nurse, so I knew I had to stop and help. I was among the first to gather around Jamie and Meagan's truck. I actually went straight to the driver's side, because it didn't initially appear that there was anyone in the passenger seat. Jamie was conscious the whole time, but not able to answer our questions or follow our guidance. He was trying to climb out of the truck, but we urged him to stay still until paramedics could get there. We cut his seatbelt off with a knife so that he didn't feel so trapped. He calmed down a bit after that, but still couldn't talk to us. As soon as I saw he was wearing a wedding ring I went around to the passenger side of the truck to see if he was traveling with someone. At that point several women were tending to Meagan. She appeared to be awake because the women talking to her said she told them that her neck was hurting. I didn't personally spend much time with her, so I don't want to account for what she knew. I stayed until the jaws of life arrived, but left as the scene became crowded with people able to do more than me. I'm sorry for your loss. I hope this provides some glimpse into the accident. What is the latest on Jamie's condition?
LovedOne

Hurst, TX

#35 Jun 26, 2008
Wow Thank YOU too much for answering what you could. It simply gave me chills to read it. We heard that Jamie was acting "irrational" with the help/personal. I am SURE he was NOT in the right frame of mind. As of now Jamie is still in critical condition. He has lung infection (he threw up and ingested it) He also has head trauma but they have not been able to find out much more about his head b/c they are not able to move him. They attempted to do MRI few days after the accident and he almost flat lined so they are taking baby steps. They are concentrating more on the lungs right now treated with Antibotic and now steroid treatment. they placed a trach in him as well. He has not spoken or is not aware of Meg passing away yet. His family is staying right by his side each and every day. Please keep them in your prayers. I check this daily to see if you or your family by any chance read this and answered any details. There are still so many unanswered questions and i am sure some will NEVER be answered. WE thank you and God will BLESS you for stopping to render ANY kind of aid that you did. Especially in your condition.I dont' even know if they saw it coming or just bam it happened. Was Jamie in and out or why could he not talk? shock maybe? The family said he was able to give the paramedics his name and Mansfield address. Meg survived for 4hrs.They sent her to Fairfield via ambulance and then after they flew Jamie he was removed from truck first they went to Fairfield and picked her up and took her to Tyler where Jamie was and she passed away there @ 10:40pm. She was a beautiful angel on earth with best most radiant smile. She will be FOREVER missed. I have not been able to obtain much information on her at all. The medics did not allow the family to "see" her b/c of her condition and how bad she looked. They said she was unconscious that time so i was not sure if she was ever aware and awake. Any others with details we would SO love for you to share. Many thanks.Do you know who the young boy standing in middle of it all belonged to? There are some news paper articles with photos of the scene and he is in them. The photos really brought illustration to the severity of the accident.Again MANY thanks.
JillHouston wrote:
<quoted text>
It's hard for me to comment on this accident, because it has scarred me for life. I am responding to your comment only because you asked. I would never share such a personal account lightly or to spread gossip. If it were my family, I would want to know. I was traveling back to Houston with my husband and infant son, and we came upon the wreck moments after it happened. We too had a near collision with Stankas probably 10 miles earlier as he flew past us on the shoulder. I am 8 months pregnant, but I am also a nurse, so I knew I had to stop and help. I was among the first to gather around Jamie and Meagan's truck. I actually went straight to the driver's side, because it didn't initially appear that there was anyone in the passenger seat. Jamie was conscious the whole time, but not able to answer our questions or follow our guidance. He was trying to climb out of the truck, but we urged him to stay still until paramedics could get there. We cut his seatbelt off with a knife so that he didn't feel so trapped. He calmed down a bit after that, but still couldn't talk to us. As soon as I saw he was wearing a wedding ring I went around to the passenger side of the truck to see if he was traveling with someone. At that point several women were tending to Meagan. She appeared to be awake because the women talking to her said she told them that her neck was hurting. I didn't personally spend much time with her, so I don't want to account for what she knew. I stayed until the jaws of life arrived, but left as the scene became crowded with people able to do more than me. I'm sorry for your loss. I hope this provides some glimpse into the accident. What is the latest on Jamie's condition?
Loved one

United States

#36 Jun 26, 2008
We have not heard back yet from the Garcia family who I think was first to arrive but I do appreciate you checking the postings and for getting back with me on the information you had. Did Meagan and Jamie talk to one another at all? I am just curious if they were actually aware of what had happened or if it was just a big shock and blur to them both. My understanding is that Meagans injury was pretty extensive and find it amazing that she held on for as long as she did. SHe is a sweet angle looking down on all of us know. Thank you so much for stopping and helping with what you could. If you think of any other details at all good or bad please share. I just still have so many questions and concerns racing through my head.
LovedOne wrote:
Wow Thank YOU too much for answering what you could. It simply gave me chills to read it. We heard that Jamie was acting "irrational" with the help/personal. I am SURE he was NOT in the right frame of mind. As of now Jamie is still in critical condition. He has lung infection (he threw up and ingested it) He also has head trauma but they have not been able to find out much more about his head b/c they are not able to move him. They attempted to do MRI few days after the accident and he almost flat lined so they are taking baby steps. They are concentrating more on the lungs right now treated with Antibotic and now steroid treatment. they placed a trach in him as well. He has not spoken or is not aware of Meg passing away yet. His family is staying right by his side each and every day. Please keep them in your prayers. I check this daily to see if you or your family by any chance read this and answered any details. There are still so many unanswered questions and i am sure some will NEVER be answered. WE thank you and God will BLESS you for stopping to render ANY kind of aid that you did. Especially in your condition.I dont' even know if they saw it coming or just bam it happened. Was Jamie in and out or why could he not talk? shock maybe? The family said he was able to give the paramedics his name and Mansfield address. Meg survived for 4hrs.They sent her to Fairfield via ambulance and then after they flew Jamie he was removed from truck first they went to Fairfield and picked her up and took her to Tyler where Jamie was and she passed away there @ 10:40pm. She was a beautiful angel on earth with best most radiant smile. She will be FOREVER missed. I have not been able to obtain much information on her at all. The medics did not allow the family to "see" her b/c of her condition and how bad she looked. They said she was unconscious that time so i was not sure if she was ever aware and awake. Any others with details we would SO love for you to share. Many thanks.Do you know who the young boy standing in middle of it all belonged to? There are some news paper articles with photos of the scene and he is in them. The photos really brought illustration to the severity of the accident.Again MANY thanks.
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Upset in Dallas

Keller, TX

#37 Jun 26, 2008
To AC: Seriously? So if when your uncle caused the accident it was a mistake, then what do you call the previous 2 HOURS when he was driving like an idiot from the south side of Dallas to Buffalo? I am sorry but I am finding it difficult to have any sympathy for your uncle in this situation. I wish he was alive only so he could spend the rest of his life in jail thinking about what he did. He got off too easy!
MSG

United States

#38 Jun 26, 2008
WHILE THIS IS ALL HARD FOR ALL OF US AND THE COMMENTS FROM THE GIRL ABOUT HER UNCLE COULD HAVE GONE WITHOUT WE NEED TO ALL TAKE A STEP BACK AND NOT LASH OUT. OUR SWEET MEAGAN WOULD NOT WANT THAT SO LETS PLEASE PUT AN END TO ANGER. SURE WE ALL HAVE QUESTIONS BUT IT IS NOT WHAT SHE WOULD HAVE WANTED.
Upset in Dallas wrote:
To AC: Seriously? So if when your uncle caused the accident it was a mistake, then what do you call the previous 2 HOURS when he was driving like an idiot from the south side of Dallas to Buffalo? I am sorry but I am finding it difficult to have any sympathy for your uncle in this situation. I wish he was alive only so he could spend the rest of his life in jail thinking about what he did. He got off too easy!
Coping of the loss

Hurst, TX

#39 Jun 27, 2008
Ok so it has been 20 days tomorrow. I still look at each web page daily for any new or additional information on the case. I look to see how Jamie is doing but not much posted on his current condition. Above who posted as MSG that is Meg's initials you place there, YES indeed the comment from AC was totally unnecessary. There are many emotions involved here and everybody has there own way of coping. Although Meg was kind, sweet, and did not like conflict , i do NOT think she would appreciate how much she down played her uncles actions considering that she is NO LONGER with us DUE to his actions. He and ONLY he is responsbile for taking Meg's life, his own life, and placing Jamie in hospital who will NEVER be the same again. He made that decsion for ALL families when he decided to drive wrecklessly. Some of these people "lashing" out did not even know Meg, they just witnessed his IDIOTIC driving. I still wonder WHY none of these witness phoned the police? and IF you did then maybe we need to check with highway patrol and find out why nobody responed to this idiotic driving!! It could have been elimanated!!
Anonymous in Tomball Tx

Houston, TX

#40 Jun 28, 2008
I was one of the many 18 wheeler semi's Mr Stankas passed on the shoulder at 90+ mph a few minutes before the tragedy took place and once I pulled upon the site and seeing the Grace vehicle, Mr Stankas on the pavement and the remainders of his Tundra it was nothing short of bone chilling and frightening. I have never in my 27 years seen anything like it and hope not too again. My prayers go out to the Grace family and for a swift healing for Jamie, I can not speak for the Grace family nor can I even imagine to begin to understand their trauma and grief but I would like to point out that the Stankas family are not responsible for what Dennis caused. On another note what was his hurry? any comment? I have questioned this with all my co-workers (and family (who know nothing of either party or what happened).Was there some kind of family emergency? Phone call? Whats his immediate family coping like? Are they at least communicating with the grace family? I just have so many questions b/c it was a very graphic scene. I gave my statement to the troopers and left, I only had a quick glance at the scene and did not care to look any more. I even find myself going really extra slow through that part of 45 and thinking if there could have been something I could have done to have avoided it.(I travel 45 3 times a week to and from Houston to Dallas on my route).

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