East Texas DWI Mayhem Kills One, Injures Three, Damages MedEvac Chopper, Spawns Stupid Quote of Year

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Matthew Mitchell has a question. A dumb question.
A connected series of two allegedly alcohol-related car crashes killed one, injured three and sent three others to jail, one in part for asking one of the dumbest questions we've ever read anyone asking at an accident scene.

At 1:30 a.m. Sunday just outside of Palestine, a Chevy Tahoe driven by Erik Shawn Green crossed the center line of Highway 287 and smashed into a Toyota Nissan Xterra. A passenger in the Xterra -- 40-year-old Betsey Salazar of Waco -- was killed, and three other occupants of the same car were taken to hospitals in serious condition.

Green was taken to a hospital in Palestine and treated for minor injuries. He is now in the Anderson County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of bonds totaling $800,000 and facing one charge of intoxicated manslaughter and three counts of intoxicated assault.

While police and medics were clearing up that disaster, 27-year-old Matthew Mitchell attempted to navigate his Chevy Impala through the swirling sea of flashing lights of the fleet of police cruisers and ambulances on the scene. Unfortunately, he plowed into the life-flight chopper's tail fin. (Damages to the chopper were minor and it was apparently able to whisk an injured woman to a local hospital.)

A DPS trooper on the scene quoted Mitchell thusly:

"Why was the helicopter flying so low?"

Perhaps the cops bothered to give Mitchell field-tests at that point. Or perhaps not -- maybe that question was enough to give them everything they needed. In either case, Mitchell was charged with DWI. Passenger Robert Hamm was charged with public intoxication.

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Txgeorge2006
Txgeorge2006

This is a tragic story, the loss of life for one idiot that doesnt care about the human life..I wonder what he would do if that were his mother, sister or daughter that someone who got behind the wheel after having to much to drink ran into? People just dont care about others anymore. To the families that this affected, my heart goes out to you for your loss. May the good LORD wrap his loving arms around each and every one of you.

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

 The Lord is not going to wrap his arms around any body he is way to busy tending to all the collection plates. I believe that it was the lord that created all these people that like to drink and drive. Did he not get all the people at his wedding to Mary the foot scrubber totally wasted on wine? I wonder how many donkey collisions there were going home that night.

Gary
Gary

After reading some of the posts I need to rephrase. Looks like Texas need some mass sterilizations less some of the rest of you reproduce. 

Gary
Gary

Lord I hope he doesn't reproduce.

Dave Shaffer
Dave Shaffer

Too bad he didn't *walk* into the tail rotor.

Mexicankid254
Mexicankid254

well i wonder at times how would you had felt if it was one of your family members or closest friend i tell you what i feel betsy salazar was like my mother and it was very ugly how she went still can't get over it i hope that the guy pays for what he did shame on those who drive drunk just look at it this way what if it was your mother

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

I don't know I never had a mother.

Txgeorge2006
Txgeorge2006

Well if you did have a mother im sure she would be proud of you!!! NOT!! I guess it takes alot of idiots to make this world go around.

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

 Well between the two of us we could get the world spinning faster. That is as long as we weren't to tacky.

Tryhard1954
Tryhard1954

This is great! I have found the Houston Press, and so now I can view an ongoing pissing contest.Carry on girls, entertain me.

mcalleyboy
mcalleyboy

There's no shortage of people like this, they have no intellect, no patience and a box of rocks for personality powered by alcohol and immorality.

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

I see you have spent a lot of time in Texas. Have you ever talked to the bushes?

Txgeorge2006
Txgeorge2006

Idiot...just plan ignorant..couldnt you come up with something better than that...wow!! You sound SO SMART!! how can you even live with yourself....

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

I used to live in Texas and spent a lot of time grooming Texas bushes. You should try it, delightful is the only way to describe it. But don't get to tacky with the bushes it makes the hard to groom.

Satariel
Satariel

The passenger should not have been charged with anything.

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

How about a felony friendship with a moron.

Ckardol
Ckardol

Wow, you really don't get it do you?  Why do you even bother coming on here if all you are going to do is insult the people with genuine comments that are actually realted to the topic?

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

Genuine comments related to the topic. How god awful boring.

Davisj3730
Davisj3730

Satariel your an idiot.

Danyaelsmomajo
Danyaelsmomajo

She is not only and idiot, but a hateful one.  I would hate to know that everything that comes out of my mouth was negative about someone.  But since she must be a policeperson turned lawyer, I'm sure she knows all the details, or went to the station that the people were booked and read the arrest report.  I don't know why I read these comments, some of the people just use it to put other people down. What a shame a lady died and others were injured, and all Satariel wants to do is put people down, what a sad life she must have.

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

Putting people down is more fun than putting up with them.

Kejo
Kejo

Hey Davis, really? YOUR an idiot?  this is the best comment since the helicopter statement.It's so funny I'm getting a TShirt with those words.

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

You probably were looking in a mirror and got totally confused.

Cudacindy
Cudacindy

so I take  you were on the scene of the accident, and know everything. The passenger most likely did some thing to cause the arrest. 

iMidget
iMidget

Hey Lomax, You accepting pity these days? 

Journalism and the Lord aside, he's just reporting the facts and highlighting the one that will bring the most attention so that others can read of this horrible chain of events that occurs from drinking and driving.

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

That's exactly it. I remember hearing a story in high school about a high school girl who had gotten in a DWI wreck and was bleeding out in the back of an ambulance. Her last words were "I hope I am not going to miss my curfew." That was a dumb statement too, but also one of the most powerful anti-DWI statements I have ever heard. This guy's question reminded me of that.

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

I wonder what they did to her for missing her curfew?

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

 Tacky! Like sticky, adhesive, gluey or after the wet spot dries?

Satariel
Satariel

How was her saying "I hope I don't miss my curfew" a powerful anti-DWI statement? It just sounds like some stupid drunk idiot, probably also from Texas. Maybe she wasn't even drinking, just a Texas resident.

Txgeorge2006
Txgeorge2006

Satariel...you sound like a cold hearted uneducated low life bitch that needs a TEXAN to whip your dumb ass!! Its sad that you dont see that this girls last words were worrying about what her parents would think about her missing her cerfew...when im sure her parents wouldnt give a damn about a cerfew if there little girl would just come home to them!! You seriously need help...you should be ashamed of yourself. I hope that you dont experience a loss like these family members did...remember lady that what comes around goes around and one day YOU WILL GET YOURS!! I pity you because it comes back TEN FOLD!!

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

I think it is funny. Her problems started when she sneaked  out of the house to go for a joy ride. I never went to high school english class. What was it like?

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

Wow!!! You said it all. What ever it was I don't know. But you said it and I am proud of it.

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

The only curfew in Texas I know of is to get home before your wife wakes up.

Nataliefun
Nataliefun

Forget grammar now. It's time to delve into the meaning of all those words.

1. She probably made that comment because she was bleeding out (losing a lot of blood).

2. Nowhere did it say that the girl was the one who had been drinking and/or caused the accident.

3. The fact that she was worried about something as childlike as making curfew while she was dying in the ambulance made it even more tragic. She had bigger problems right then.

4. If it was her who had been drinking the message is simply not to drink and drive to make it home. If it was not her DWI then a drunk driver killed her and she was an innocent victim.

Either way I feel like I am back in high school english class. So to bed with you kiddo. I think your curfew is up.

UoOX
UoOX

Since you seem to be gunning for the position of Captain Obvious, I suppose I'll make some obvious statements of my own.

It's quite obvious that you don't understand the context in which the statement "I hope I don't miss my curfew" was used in the situation, as well as the story, in which it becomes a message of anti-DWI.

It's also obvious that, while you comment on another's grammatical skills, your own understanding of linguistics is rather lacking if you don't understand the concept of context. It seems to have prompted you to ask an incredibly stupid question. I find this highly ironic.

Lastly, you indulge your self in the misconceptions of a people based on stereotypes.

You're a shining example of what all of academia should aspire to be. We should all go out and comment on people's grammar, and make questions about context that we don't grasp, with the subtle, and not so subtle undertone of questioning people's intellectual prowess.

I'm glad you're here to fill the retarded quota for us, Satariel, so we can all get back to reading real, credible comments.

April Rogers
April Rogers

This is sad, that man should be locked and threw under the jail. Such a stupid ass. Sorry for the loss of Betsy Salazar and the injuries to the others. Praying for y'all and the family and friends.

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

Praying for y'all!  Does that also include me? please don't. When I die I don't want to go to a place full of born again Christians.

Mjmale2010
Mjmale2010

Thank you April, the family receives your prayers with open arms and ached hearts. His judgement day will come in front of our lord one day and I truly believe that sums it all up. Also to the person who actually took the time to blog this. I pray the lord blessed you with some sort of common sense! Shame on you to post a families tragedy and make a mockery at the situation by making it about " a comment" ....if you want comments try asking the family to begin with. You had the opportunity to raise awareness about these predicaments and chose otherwise. Not even a condolence, I have no room for pity in my heart for you or individuals as such.

Ashley
Ashley

I am sorry for your loss. And, although, I do not personally know who Satariel is...I will apologise for her stupidity and ignorance. Some people have no heart. It is a sad situation that someone can climb into their car drunk and take the life or lives of innocent people. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

Satariel
Satariel

How much beer did you drink this morning? Are you friends with April? You also don't make any sense, your ramblings are incoherent. No wonder everyone thinks Texans are stupid - you really are.

Txgeorge2006
Txgeorge2006

Satariel..where the hell are you from? Ill be happy to show you "A STUPID TEXAN" if you would like you incompatint uneducated BITCH!! grow the fu$k up. This incident was a tragic loss of life....im sure if you had a mother she would turn you over her knee and bust your ass!! Someone needs to!!!

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

I makes me feel like firing up the ole chainsaw.

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

Hey watch it! I am from Texas and I am just as stupid as the next guy.

Texan
Texan

Viewing your comment history, you really have nothing to contribute other than your hatred of those who are unlike yourself.  How does that make you feel?

Texan
Texan

How do you deal with yourself and your hatred?  Did you lose a family member in a similar situation?  We all feel for you, and share your sadness.

April Rogers
April Rogers

This is sad, that man should be locked and threw under the jail. Such a stupid ass. Sorry for the loss of Betsy Salazar and the injuries to the others. Praying for y'all and the family and friends. 

Satariel
Satariel

You really need to work on your English skills. How long have you been in this country?

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

Her english skills don't bother me its all the praying that drives me crazy.

Texa
Texa

You really have some hatred for ebonics or other English dialect users, don't you?

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