By LeaAnne Klentzman
Last week, three people lost their lives as they traversed the north central streets of Fort Bend County.
The first fatality accident occurred Friday morning, April 12, on FM 359 east of the entrance to Lamar Consolidated ISD’s Foster High School. In that accident a green Volkswagen Beatle was traveling eastbound on FM 359 when the driver lost control and ended up in the path of an oncoming, westbound school bus delivering developmentally challenged students to the secondary school campuses. Traffic in the area was snarled for hours.
According to authorities, the green Beatle was operated by Lorena Gonzalez, 40, of Rosenberg. Witnesses told authorities that as the Beatle traveled eastbound it left the road, was over corrected, and ended up in the oncoming lane in pathway of the westbound bus. Gonzalez died on impact; two students on the bus and the bus driver were taken to local hospitals as a precautionary measure, said Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel. The actual cause of the accident remains under investigation.
A second deadly accident occurred Saturday evening about 6:30 pm. In this accident Dr. Susan Doyle Parham, 60, was traveling westbound on the Westpark Toll Road feeder when she lost control of her car and slammed into a Toll Road pillar near FM 1464.
Dr. Susan (Doyle) Parham was a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine for small animals who resided in the Sugar Land area. She was a 1970 Waltrip High School graduate. The cause of the accident may be due to medical issues, however at press time it remains under investigation.
The third deadly accident was early Monday morning along FM 1093. According to DPS officials, at about 3 a.m., April 15, Ezema Jideofor, 29, Tori Carroll, 28, and their 1 year old daughter were traveling eastbound on FM 1093/Westheimer Road. As the family approached the South Mason intersection, the driver, Jideofor, lost control of the vehicle, rolled several times coming to rest in a nearby field; catching fire.
Jideofor died at the scene, Carroll and the baby were taken to the hospital for treatment. Although speed is believed to be a contributing factor in the cause of the accident, it too, remains under investigation.