grand jury indicts wrong way driver
Thursday, the Montgomery County Grand Jury indicted Edward Blackwell on 3 counts of intoxicated manslaughter.
Sunday morning, July 1, 2012 just after 1:30 am a Montgomery County Dispatcher with a sense of urgency in her voice reported a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lanes of I –45 approaching Research. Shenandoah Officers jumped the median and stopped all traffic on I-45 southbound with the intention of taking the vehicle as it got to them. But within seconds a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy called for an ambulance and fire equipment at I-45 just north of Woodlands Parkway. He reported a Chevrolet Impala struck a Pontiac G6 head on.
South Montgomery County Fire Department quickly arrived on the scene and cut the driver of the Chevrolet out. MCHD rushed him to Hermann Hospital Woodlands in critical condition. Later Hermann transferred the driver identified as Edward Blackwell, 43, of Montgomery. It was also determined he did have an elevated alcohol level in his blood.
The others were not able to be saved.
Dominique Hobbs, 27, of Grand Prarie was the passenger in the Pontiac G6. He was pronounced dead on the scene by Justice of the Peace Matt Masden.
The female driver in the Pontiac was also pronounced dead on the scene was identified as Anis Atkins, of Houston.
The male passenger in the Chevrolet , Stephen Isbell, 43, of The Woodlands was pronounced dead on the scene. All three were transported by Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for Autopsy.
According to witnesses the Chevrolet Impala was southbound on the I-45 feeder. When the driver approached the entrance ramp just before Woodlands Parkway he entered the freeway, stopped and made a u-turn on the main lanes of the freeway and drove north in the southbound lanes.
I-45 remained closed for almost 6 hours as the crash was investigated by DPS and The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
Blackwell later checked out of the hospital and landed in a rehab hospital in San Antonio. The District Attorney’s Office put him on the Most Wanted list for several weeks.
The rehab center where he was staying released him to his wife for a visitation and Blackwell, without her consent took her vehicle. A San Antonio police officer in the area spotted Blackwell and when he confronted him thought he was intoxicated. Unknown to the officer his medical condition he was taken into custody on public intoxication.
Blackwell had no money or identification on his person at the time and the San Antonio Police did not find an open warrant on him so he was later released from custody.
On January 9, 2013 he was arrested at the rehab center on the 3 Montgomery County warrants.
Blackwell who suffers multiple medical issues was returned to Montgomery County and remains in the Montgomery County Jail on a $300,000 bond.
On January 24, Judge Lisa Michalk denied a bond reduction request.
Blackwell’s crash happened just 2 days after another wrong way crash killed two at Research Forest.