12-year-old girl found submerged in water, four others hurt when truck veers off road

Five people were injured in a major car accident in northwest Harris County near Waller.
Five people were injured in a major car accident in northwest Harris County near Waller.

WALLER, Texas – A 12-year-old girl is brain dead after a major car accident in northwest Harris County near Waller late last week.

According to authorities, the accident happened around 4:40 a.m. Friday on Knebel Road near Stokes Road.

A 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck was traveling eastbound on Knebel when the driver blew past a stop sign, went through an intersection and landed in a ditch of the west side of Stokes Road deputies said.

A 12-year-old girl who was in the truck was ejected and was found submerged in water, deputies said. Authorities do not believe she was properly restrained.

Deputies rescued the girl and she was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hermann Cypress and then was later flown by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition and then determined to be brain dead, according to authorities.


Four other men between the ages of 18 and 24 who were also in the vehicle were injured in the crash, authorities said. 

According to authorities, two victims -- a 15-year-old female front seat center passenger and a 15-year-old male right front seat passenger -- also had to be transported via LifeFlight.

The driver and the back left passenger, who was a 21-year-old man, was driving to Memorial Hermann in The Woodlands.

Authorities believe the 20-year-old driver, Montana Morgan, who was the only person wearing a seat belt, may have been impaired, and the investigation into that matter continues with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said all five people were in the same vehicle. The relationship between them is unclear.

The conditions of the others are unknown.

No charges have been filed at this time.

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