Missing I-35 Crash Victims Traced To Local Motel

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
An injured man, woman and child who disappeared after the car in which they were riding overturned on Interstate 35 were traced to a local motel, but were gone by the time authorities arrived.

(Photo by Christina Truong)

BELLMEAD (February 19, 2014) Department of Public Safety troopers were still trying Wednesday to find a man, a woman and a child who disappeared after they were injured Tuesday in a one-car crash on Interstate 35.

Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson said a good Samaritan picked them right after the crash and was taking to a local hospital when they jumped from the man's car at a stoplight and ran.

Further investigation Tuesday revealed the three went to the nearby Knight's Inn, where they rented a room and stayed for a while, Wilson said.

When investigators got there they found some blood inside the trio's room and talked to the motel manager who said the three got into an 18-wheeler and left the area.

Jessica Garcia, the assistant manager of the hotel, said she checked the three in Tuesday, but said she didn’t learn until later they had been involved in an accident.

She said the man appeared to have an injured arm and she saw a small amount of blood on the woman, but not enough to raise concern.

She said the child did not appear to be seriously hurt.

She said she gave the man a key to a second floor room, and a short time later the woman returned to the lobby and said she needed to make some long distance calls, which isn’t possible from the phones in the rooms.

She said she dialed for the woman, calling a number with a 979 area code, which includes the Bryan-College Station area.

She said the woman appeared to be talking to a relative.

About an hour later an 18-wheeler pulled up, she said, and the three left.

She said the three used two hand towels in the room, which had a small amount of blood on them.

Wilson said if the man can be identified and located he could face charges because he did not seek medical attention for the child.

Initially authorities said the man, woman, and child, who appeared to be about 5-years-old and whom the man was carrying, got into a white Kia sedan after the crash and left the scene.

But Wilson said troopers later determined the driver of the KIA stopped to help after the rollover.

The three victims, all of whom were injured, maybe seriously, asked the man to take them to a hospital, but when the driver stopped at a light on Crest Drive, they all jumped out of the Kia and took off, Wilson said.

Witnesses told troopers that the woman and the child were thrown from the vehicle when it overturned.

The accident happened at around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday on northbound I-35 at the 339 mile marker, Wilson said.

The driver of the white sedan lost control of the car, which left the highway, overturned and ended up on its roof in the northbound access road.

The 1997 Buick was registered in Brenham, but contained no insurance documents or other identifying information.

The DPS is asking anyone with information about the three to call (254) 759-7131.

(John Carroll contributed to this report)


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