Crash on Highway 12 injures two

Crash on Highway 12 injures two

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sgt. Stephanie Davis reports a two-vehicle crash in Newton County Sept. 6 injured a Vidor man and a 10-year-old boy.

According to a news release from Davis, DPS received the report of the crash at about 8:30 p.m. Troopers responded to the scene at Highway 12 near Highway 87 and discovered a motorcycle and a passenger car had collided. A 2010 Ford pickup truck was traveling northbound on Highway 87 as a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle was traveling eastbound in the inside traffic lane on Highway 12. The driver of the Ford pickup truck merged onto Highway 12 and quickly moved into the inside lane to make an immediate left turn into a store parking lot, Davis stated. To avoid the impact with the Ford pickup truck, the driver of the motorcycle slammed on his brakes but was unable to avoid the collision.

The driver of the motorcycle, 33-year-old Darren Foster Jr. of Vidor, and his 10-year-old male passenger were transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital in Beaumont. Their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. 

The driver of the Ford, 24-year-old James Gonzales of Orange, was not injured in the crash.

At this stage of the investigation, the report does not indicate whether helmets were worn by the driver and passenger of the Yamaha motorcycle. The investigation is ongoing.