The driver of a vehicle involved in a July 14 head-on collision in Somervell County that took the life of a Burleson woman is suspected to have been driving under the influence of alcohol, according to investigators.
Amanda Nelms, 39, of Burleson was pronounced dead at the scene of the head-on collision by Somervell County Justice of the Peace Ronnie Webb, according the DPS Information Officer Dub Gillum. The collision occurred at about 5:50 a.m.
Nelms was driving in the west-bound lane on U.S. Highway 67 about five miles east of Glen Rose when her Toyota passenger car was struck, head-on, by a Chevrolet truck driven by Cody A. Kuhn that was eastbound but on the wrong side of the two-lane roadway, Gillum stated.
“Cody A. Kuhn, 26, of Cleburne, is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol,” Gillum stated in an email to the Glen Rose Reporter. “Pending blood tests will determine if the charge of intoxication manslaughter will be filed. Kuhn was taken to Harris Methodist Hospital in Ft. Worth with multiple injuries and two broken legs.”
Gillum’s initial response stated that, after the crash, “Troopers are in Fort Worth investigating the driver.”
When asked earlier this week about the possible time frame on the blood tests, Gillum responded, “Blood results take up to six months.”
That crash raised the number of Somervell County traffic fatalities on Highway 67 near Glen Rose in a period of just over 10 weeks (May 1 to July 14) to four.
A May 1 crash east of Glen Rose near the Johnson County line caused the death of beloved former Glen Rose teacher and businesswoman Rhonda Cagle, 63. Four high-school students from Godley were hospitalized with injuries in that crash.
The four Brazos River Charter School students range in ages from 15 to 18, and were occupants of the other vehicle. The official DPS accident report states that the driver of that car, Hunter White, 17, “failed to yield right-of-way” while turning and is accused of “criminally negligent homicide.”
On July 4, Cody Michael Mitcham, 26, of De Leon and Timothy Edward Peppers, 51, of Hico, died in a head-on crash about four miles west of Glen Rose. One occupant of the other vehicle was transported to an area hospital and the other was treated by paramedics at the scene and released.
Another two-vehicle head-on collision on Highway 67 that occurred on July 11 sent eight people to area hospitals, but all of them survived.
In addition to the four fatalities, there were 15 people injured in those four recent accidents on that same stretch of highway in Somervell County.