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Texas Woman Killed in Collision With Truck

A 22-year-old Grimes County woman died yesterday on Texas 105 at Mount Miriah Road after her vehicle slammed into the back of a pickup truck, setting off a three-vehicle collision. Alison May Telthorster, of Anderson, died when her Honda Civic crashed into the rear of a pickup truck around 1 p.m. The impact propelled the truck into the path of an oncoming 18-wheeler.

The second collision with the 18-wheeler shaved off the hood of the pickup and crushed its engine. The cab of the 18-wheeler ended 20 feet up a hill with a damaged front axle. Skid marks from the 18-wheeler extended several hundred feet down the highway.

The other two drivers survived the truck accident. Kari Noey, 38, the driver of the 18-wheeler, walked away from the collision unharmed. Vernon Wayne Imhoff, 59, the driver of the pickup, was brought to a hospital and released less than three hours after the crash.

Authorities closed Texas 105 for over three hours as they investigated the collision and cleared the wreckage. The road reopened around 4:30 p.m. 

Telthorster's body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office so an autopsy could be performed in order to determine the exact cause of death.

Eyewitnesses reported that Imhoff was facing east on Texas 105 in the left turn lane when Telthorster rear-ended him without ever slowing down. Telthorster was seen reaching all the way over to the floor on the passenger side of her vehicle. It is likely that she never saw the pickup.  

Noey stated that she had little choice but to continue down Texas 105 because there were vehicles waiting to enter traffic on the north side of Mount Miriah. The 18-wheeler was carrying rock and pea gravel on an "end dump" trailer. However, the 18-wheeler itself was empty, as Noey was on her way to the final delivery for the day.

This was the 36th fatality on Montgomery County roads this year.

Source: The Courier "Woman killed when car slams into truck" 8/9/10

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