Whitehouse students, faculty member continue to recover in Houston hospital

Published on Monday, 14 April 2014 22:55 - Written by Staff Reports

Whitehouse High School faculty member Holly Mann, a male junior and a female sophomore were continuing Monday to recover in a Houston hospital after the three-vehicle accident during the weekend.

The wreck happened Saturday on U.S. Highway 59 in Wharton. Wharton Police Department officials confirmed that Whitehouse ISD students and faculty were traveling north on U.S. 59 when another vehicle traveling south in the northbound lane struck the Whitehouse ISD vehicle.

The junior underwent one successful surgery Sunday and, according to family members, was set to undergo a second surgery Monday, district public relations coordinator Adrianna Moon said.

Ms. Mann also underwent successful surgery Sunday on her leg.

On Sunday afternoon, Whitehouse ISD administrators visited the students, faculty member and families of those who remain hospitalized in Houston. After visiting with those still hospitalized, Whitehouse ISD officials remain optimistic about their recoveries.

Several of the students involved in the accident returned to school Monday.

Whitehouse ISD counselors and faculty made themselves available on campus Monday to speak with students about the accident. 

Whitehouse ISD officials have spoken with Wharton County District Attorney Ross Kurtz, who indicated a criminal investigation was underway.

Wharton Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety were involved. Kurtz told officials the driver of the other vehicle was given a blood-alcohol test.

Kurtz said the driver has been convicted twice of driving while intoxicated.