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THE COLONY (CBSDFW.COM) – A crash in The Colony late Wednesday night left three young adults injured. The incident happened shortly before midnight near the intersection of Blair Oaks Drive and Merrell Lane, where a pickup truck that was carrying the men slammed into a home.
The truck was just five feet away from barreling into a bedroom where a couple was sleeping. Those two residents were not hurt, but the four men inside of the vehicle were not so lucky.
“I was sound asleep,” said resident Kathy Gray. “Heard a loud thud, for lack of a better description. I jumped up, looked out the window and saw the truck in my yard.”
“My wife woke me up,” continued resident Greg Gray. “I jumped up, went out the front door and saw a kid laying in the street.”
According to authorities, this started with a fight between two groups at a home. That disagreement moved to a nearby convenience store and ultimately led to a chase between the arguing men. The people in the pickup truck were pursuing another car, a Dodge Caliber, at the time of the crash.
While arguing at the convenience store, police said, the young men inside of the truck began beating on the Dodge with blunt objects, possibly baseball bats. Police also said that the truck rammed the Dodge from behind three times during the chase. The four teenagers in the Dodge called 911 while they were being followed.
The driver of the truck lost control along Blair Oaks Drive. The vehicle jumped over a curb, hit a tree and then smashed into the home. That driver was ejected from the truck and taken to Medical Center of Plano in critical condition.
“It is a very busy street, third busiest in The Colony,” Greg Gray added. “I can’t speculate on speed in this incident.”
A passenger in the pickup truck was originally taken to Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton, but later had to be flown to a Dallas hospital in critical condition. Another passenger in the pickup truck remained at the Carrollton hospital and is expected to be okay. The fourth person in the truck fled from the scene on foot. Authorities later found that individual in Lewisville, seeking medical treatment for his minor injuries.
Officials have not released the names of the injured men, but everyone involved in this incident was between 18 and 20 years of age and has ties to The Colony High School — either current students, former students or recent graduates.
Several people were already assisting the victims when the homeowners got outside, including a paramedic who lives in the neighborhood. Police have said that someone in this incident will face criminal charges, but the investigation is still in its early stages.
Meanwhile, after witnessing the crash, the teenagers in the Dodge immediately drove to a police station. Cesar Rojas is the brother of two of those teens who were being chased. “It was a lot to take in at first,” he said. “Even toward the end of the night, I was still shocked and trying to accept it really happened.”