NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches woman died and a two-year-old girl was seriously injured in a head-on collision Sunday night in Nacogdoches County.
Oweeda Howard Morris, 78, died at 6:50 p.m. Allyson Troxell, of Garrison, is listed in critical condition at a Nacogdoches hospital.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety report, William Gleyn Morris, 82, of Nacogdoches, was driving a 2006 Cadillac southbound in the northbound lane at 6:35 p.m. on FM 941, eight miles north of Nacogdoches, when he slammed head-on into the 2004 Volkswagen Beetle, driven by Lisa Owens, 51, of Nacogdoches.
Oweeda Morris was William Morris' passenger. Allyson was a passenger in Owens' vehicle.
William Morris was treated and released from a Nacogdoches hospital. Another passenger in Owen's car, Heather Owens, 25, of Garrison, is listed in stable condition at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Nathaniel Troxell, a third passenger in Owens' car, was also transported to a Nacogdoches hospital for treatment of injuries he received in the accident.
Everyone was wearing their seatbelts.
William Morris, a longtime pastor of a Timpson church, had driven that stretch of Appleby Sands Road hundreds of times. Lisa Owens lives right down the road, and she was about 30 feet from her destination, the home of her daughter Heather and her two grandchildren.
“My daughter was life-flighted because she broke her neck at the age of 3, and my son was taken by ambulance because he broke his collar bone,” Heather Owens said.
Heather has a broken ankle, and her mother and Morris are both in the hospital with multiple injuries.
Heather Owens said one question remains. Did Oweeda Morris die from injuries she suffered in the wreck, or did she die from something else?
“She was having a heart attack, and that's why they were in our lane and that's why they hit us head on,” Heather Owens said
An autopsy has been ordered. A preliminary report indicated that William Morris was blinded by headlights from another oncoming vehicle.
Faith is carrying the Morris family, which has a long line of pastors.
‘I would feel just as bad if he was a preacher as if he worked at Walmart,” Heather Owens said. “I mean, no one deserves to be put in the situation, and I know nobody meant for it to happen, but sometimes things happen you can't control, and I think that's kinda what happened last night with him and his wife."
Heather Owens said she wants to see her children. She'll see Nathan first because he is in the same hospital. Allyson is still in Houston, and she will turn 4 on Wednesday. Her birthday party had originally been scheduled for this weekend.