Woman, 2 grandchildren killed in Nacogdoches Co. wreck

Photo courtesy of Hardy family.
Photo courtesy of Hardy family.

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Three people, including two children, were killed Monday night in a two-vehicle wreck just west of Nacogdoches.

Susan Warf Hardy, 49, and a 12-year-old, Shayanne Hardy, 12, were pronounced dead at the scene at 8 p.m. A seven-year-old, Isabella Hardy, was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m. at a Nacogdoches hospital. A third child, Destiny Hardy, 8, is listed in poor condition at a Houston hospital.

Susan Hardy is the grandmother of all three children.

The DPS report stated Susan Hardy was driving a 2001 Dodge Neon eastbound at 7:16 p.m. on State Highway 21, half a mile west of Nacogdoches, when she failed to yield the right-of-way on a left-hand turn and was hit by a westbound 18-wheeler driven by Carl Allen Rogers, of Apple Springs.

All occupants were wearing seatbelts, the report stated.

A family friend said Destiny Hardy suffered two broken legs, two broken arms, a broken ankle and a fractured skull.

The sisters had spent a summer day with their mom. The day was interupted when their mom and step-dad, co-owners of a wrecking service, were dispatched to an accident. A caring grandmother picked up the girls.

During the first wreck,the mother heard on the scanner about a fatality on State Highway 21, the same road the girls would be traveling.

"Then we were on our way back from that other one," the mother, Donna Ferguson, said. "I tried to call my daughter and she didn't answer her cell phone. Then I knew. I knew it was them."

Destiny Hardy is expected to survive.

"They're supposed to take her for surgery tomorrow and try to work on the fracture in her legs and stuff," Ferguson said. "It will be a long road and we will be here for quite a while."

It's speculated the driver of the car was blinded by the setting sun.

"The sun was so bright that it was blinding," Justice of the Peace Dorothy Tigner-Thompson said. "I couldn't see."

The tragedy is disturbing news for staff at Central Heights schools. They were shaping the lives of all the girls.

"The good thing about a small school is we are family and everybody plays a big important part in your life," Elementary Principal Jana Muckleroy said.

"She's a very kind person," teacher Luke Russell said, in reference to Shayanne. "I think that's extremely important."

Destiny has yet to learn about her sisters' and grandmother's tragic end of life. Destiny will hopefully live up to her name.

"She's my strong baby," Ferguson said. "I guess God has a bigger purpose in life for her."

An account for the Hardy family is set up at Southside Bank.

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