The Dayton Police Department responded to two separate vehicle crashes at the same location, on FM 1008, in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 20.
The first was a single-vehicle crash, where the vehicle failed to maintain a single lane and veered off the roadway and struck a tree. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle has been identified as Luke Austin Whitworth, W/M, 11-14-1994.
The second crash occurred shortly after the first when a vehicle passed by the first crash and stopped to render aid. The vehicle pulled off of the roadway and into the grassy area next to the Ford F250 facing southbound. Both occupants exited their vehicle, and while they were attempting to render aid, a Toyota Tundra, driven by Daniel Herrera H/M, 09-06-1987, failed to maintain a single lane and veered off the roadway causing a separate crash. The at-fault vehicle struck the parked (unoccupied) vehicle and a female pedestrian, Eleazar Limon (good samaritan) H/F, 03-14-1973. Limon was pronounced dead on arrival at 2:26 a.m. by Liberty County Medical Unit No. 2.
Whitworth was Life Flighted to Memorial Hermann Hospital Downtown and taken into surgery, where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Michelle McNutt at 4:26 a.m.
Herrera was Life Flighted to Memorial Hermann Hospital Downtown where he was treated and released. The passenger of the vehicle Herrera was driving was identified as Valerie Dawn Boone W/F, 11-19-1984, was Life Flighted to Memorial Hermann Hospital Downtown where she was treated and released as well.
The Dayton Police Department is currently investigating both crashes to determine contributing factors as to the cause of each crash. The Humble Police Department Crash Reconstruction Team is assisting with the reconstruction of the crash scene.
The Dayton Police Department would like to thank the Dayton and Kenefick Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety for their assistance with the scene, and the Humble Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.