On Wednesday, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a three-vehicle crash in Smith County.
The wreck was reported just before 5:30 p.m. On State Highway 64 near County Road 294. Troopers found that the driver of a 2016 Ford Fusion, Ryan Curbo, 23, of Henderson was traveling westbound on SH 64, passed in a no-passing zone and hit an eastbound 2012 Kia driven by Lonesha McCovey, 26, of Nacogdoches.
The Ford then spun and hit another eastbound vehicle, a 2015 Jeep SUV driven by Callie Birdson, 25, of Arp.
After the crash, Curbo shed his clothing and fled into a wooded area. Curbo was found a short time later and due to his erratic and aggressive actions towards first responders was stopped by less lethal means and was transported to UT-Health –Tyler with non-life threatening injuries.
Once released, Curbo was booked into the Smith County jail on two charges of intoxication assault with a vehicle – serious bodily injury as well as fleeing an accident involving serious bodily injury.
McCovy and Birdsong were both transported to Christus Trinity Mother Francis Hospital – Tyler in serious condition.
The crash investigation was ongoing Thursday afternoon.