Approximately 40 miles north of Dallas, Texas, near Anna on State Highway 121, a deadly five-vehicle crash occurred on June 6, 2017, at about 4 p.m. Four people died at the scene. Nine people were injured, and they were all were transported to either Medical City Plano or Medical City McKinney. Those who died at the scene of the fatal crash were 15-year-olds Brianna Gesino and Abigail Kendall and 51-year-olds Wayne and Julie Trimble.
Following an initial investigation, authorities described what they believed happened to cause the horrific crash. Four teens in a Pontiac Grand Prix traveling northbound on Highway 121 allegedly slowed their vehicle for an unknown reason, setting off vehicle spin-outs and head-on collisions. A Dodge pickup rear-ended the Pontiac, which began spinning into opposite lanes of travel. The Pontiac struck a southbound Ford Focus. The Focus then began spinning into northbound lanes of travel and was struck by a Ford F-450 utility truck. The Pontiac was also struck by a southbound Subaru. The Subaru then rolled into a ditch.
The two teens that died were in the Pontiac’s back seat. Four people were also in the Ford Focus, including the deceased Trimble couple. Their 24-year-old daughter, Heather Trimble, suffered serious injuries. Heather’s 4-year-old daughter was also in the backseat and suffered minor injuries.
At the time of the crash, Heather was 8 months pregnant. The baby was delivered by physicians. The mother and baby were both reported to be on breathing machines. Heather’s 4-year-old child suffered bruises and was reported to be doing well.
There were three people in the Dodge pickup, and they all suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Billy Vanhoose of Rowlette, age 62, was the driver of the Ford utility truck. He was seriously injured in the crash and was transported to Medical Center Plano via air ambulance.
The 17-year-old driver of the Subaru was also seriously injured and transported to Medical City McKinney.
The investigation continues, and the cause is still unknown. In crashes that result in fatalities, injuries, and/or destruction of property, drivers found responsible can potentially be held civilly responsible due to any type of negligence or unreasonable behavior leading to the collision.