ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Huntington girl is listed in stable condition at a Tyler hospital following a four-wheeler wreck Monday night.
According to DPS spokesman Trooper David Hendry, Haile Walker, 15, was driving at a high rate of speed on Vera Mae Thomas Road around 7:43 p.m., when she lost control of her four-wheeler.
"They [four-wheelers] don't necessarily have a speed limit because they're not supposed to be on a public roadway anyway," said Hendry.
Walker left the road to the right in a left-hand curve and overturned, striking a piece of wood, causing the four-wheeler to flip.
Finding his step-daughter lying in a ditch was gut-wrenching for Joshua Wiggins. Around 7:30 Monday night, he received a call from Walker,that she was on her way home from a cousin's house nearby.
"I hope she learned her lesson about going too fast and not paying attention and staying off the roads," said Wiggins.
Almost an hour after the call, Walker wasn't back, so Wiggins went to go check on her.
"The four-wheeler was upside down in a ditch. We kept on hearing screaming, so we eased up. We thought she might've went to the neighbors there on the left and wasn't anybody there. So, we backed up, and we killed the truck. We could hear her screaming, and she was face-down in a ditch," said Wiggins.
Walker was taken by helicopter to a Tyler hospital, where underwent two surgeries, according to Wiggins.
"It cut her from here," said Wiggins as he demonstrated an area around his lip. "All the way up to her nose, and then broke her nose, laid it over. And, then she had a gash in her head up here, probably that wide."
Neighbor Jennifer Parrish says paramedics used her house to land a helicopter and fly Walker to ETMC in Tyler. This mother is using the accident as a learning tool for her three young kids.
"I didn't tell them how bad it was. I just told them that, you know, she was needing to go to the hospital and get checked out. You know, I mean they know that four-wheelers can be dangerous," said Parrish.
Wiggins says Walker is now in stable condition and expected to make a complete recovery.