Two Denison teenagers were hospitalized Monday following a single-vehicle wreck in Bells.
Texas Department of Public Safety Staff Sgt. Mark Tackett said the wreck occurred at approximately 9:45 a.m. on U.S. Highway 82, east of Bells and near the Fannin County line. Tackett said the driver, Patrick Cotts, 18, and passenger Destiny Thompson, 18, were traveling at a “high rate of speed” in a Gray Nissan Altima, when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled several times.
“There was a disturbance inside the vehicle,” Tackett said. “The driver steered to the right, losing control of the vehicle and rolled into the ditch of U.S. 82.”
DPS officials on the scene said neither Cotts or Thompson were wearing seat belts at the time of the wreck and both were ejected from the vehicle as it rolled. Cotts was transported by ambulance to Texoma Medical Center and Thompson was transported by air ambulance to Medical City Plano. DPS Trooper Tarif Alkhatib said he did not know Cotts’ condition, but said Thompson’s injuries were likely life-threatening given the evacuation by helicopter.
Tackett said several minutes prior to the wreck, the vehicle the two teens were traveling in was reported to emergency dispatchers for driving recklessly.
“It’s the same vehicle,” Tackett said. “That call came in from somebody that they passed. She (Thompson) was unresponsive at the scene, so we couldn’t talk to her about it. We haven’t confirmed that she was needing help or anything.”
DPS troopers are leading the investigation, but the incident also drew officials from the Bells and Bonham fire departments, as well as the Grayson County Fire Marshal and Sheriff’s Department and a Lamar County Sheriff’s Deputy, who witnessed the wreck. Emergency crews shut down the westbound lanes of Highway 82 for over an hour as they cleared the scene.