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Family recovers from Lufkin crash; police continue search for man who walked away from scene

Source: KTRE staff Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff Source: KTRE staff

Three generations from one family are battered, bruised and broken following a Sunday night collision at Highway 103 East and Farm-to-Market Road 842 in east Lufkin. 

Robert Humphries, 37, Lufkin, was driving the Mercury Marquis with his mother, pregnant fiance and 15-year-old daughter as passengers. He said he was in the outside lane of the four-lane road headed east on 103 around 10 p.m. 

As he approached FM 842 or McHale Street, Humphries said he saw the pickup heading for the intersection.

"I thought he had seen us and was going to hit his brakes," Humphries said while at the bedside of his fiancee Elizabeth Collier, who remains in the hospital for a broken leg. 

"I was going to avoid him by going in front of him. He never seen us. He never slowed down, tried to hit his breaks or nothing. I think that's how I hit him on his front. I think I knocked his tire off."

Humphries' vehicle ended up in the middle of the intersection. The pickup came to rest on the westbound lane of 103, just feet from the fencing surrounding QuadGraphics. Humphries said he exited the vehicle first. 

His shirt blooded from a busted lower lip that may have come from the impact of the airbag. "The only thing I remember when I started back breathing was my 15-year-old daughter [Armani Walker]. I don't know if she fell out of the car or what--I know she was out of the car screaming and hollering." said Margaret Hodge, Humphries' mother. 

Hodge suffered an injury to her left shoulder, which she recently had surgery on a rotary cup, her chest area and her right leg. "Then my daughter-in-law [Collier] was screaming that she was pregnant and her leg was broke," Hodge sad while sobbing.

Witnesses told police that the driver of the pickup got out of his vehicle, ran to Humphries' car to see the aftermath and then took off on foot. Officers are still trying to locate the truck driver.

Hodge says her granddaughter suffered a broken collar bone, but is now home recuperating. Collier underwent surgery Monday evening. She said they were going to insert rods and pins in her leg. She said thankfully, everything is fine with her pregnancy.

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