Three people were transported by CareFlite to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and three others were taken to Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital following a major accident Sunday night on Washington Street.
The accident occurred shortly before 10 p.m., when two motorcycles struck a car that apparently turned in front of them as it was attempting to make a left turn on to Dale Street, according to Sgt. Steven Watts with the Stephenville Police Department.
The car, a 1994 Geo Prism, was driven by a 16-year-old Dublin male, and had a 15-year-old female passenger from Stephenville, Watts said.
One of the motorcycles was driven by Appollo Long, 21, of Stephenville. Traveling with Long was Julie Ohnemus, a 17-year-old Tarleton State University freshman. Both were taken by CareFlite in serious condition.
A second motorcycle, driven by Timothy Cunningham, 29, of Stephenville, was traveling with Lora Wulfjen, 18, who is also a Tarleton freshman. Wulfgen was transported by CareFlite in serious condition, as well.
Stephenville resident James Weathermon said he and his wife, Sonya, were about four cars behind the motorcycles when the accident happened. He said the motorcycles were traveling west on Washington Street when the car, traveling east, turned left in front of them.
“The driver of the car just turned right in front of them and the motorcycles smashed into the car,” Weathermon said.
Within seconds, Weathermon said at least 50 people stopped to help.
“Me and wife jumped out and I stayed with one of the men, who was laying on his side unconscious,” Weathermon said. “My wife waited with one of the girls who looked to be in pretty bad shape. She had her eyes open, but she wasn’t responding.”
Weathermon said none of the motorcycle riders appeared to be wearing helmets and that one of the motorcycle drivers “landed on the grass and seemed to be okay.”
Rusty Jergins, associate vice president of student life and dean of students for Tarleton, confirmed that Ohnemus and Wulfjen were Tarleton students, but at press time did not have an update on their status.
“We extend our thoughts and prayers to their family and friends during this difficult time,” Jergins said.
SARA VANDEN BERGE is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at 254-968-2379, ext. 240.