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Old 01-27-2006, 11:27 AM   #1
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A Montgomery man who was ejected from his motorcycle and thrown over a concrete barrier Wednesday evening remained in serious condition Thursday, officials said.


The man was flown by emergency helicopter to the hospital following the second serious motorcycle wreck on Interstate 45 in 24 hours in Conroe.
Walter Deringis, 19, was fleeing officers on a 2005 Yahama motorcycle Wednesday as he drove south on the Interstate 45 feeder road at the FM 2854 overpass and rear ended a 1996 Ford F350 driven by John McDonnell, of Tomball, said Conroe Police Sgt. Gary Hardage. Officers received the accident call at 8:25 p.m.

After Deringis hit McDonnell's truck, his motorcycle climbed the concrete barrier between the single frontage road lane and an empty lane. He was thrown into the empty lane and slid along the barrier before coming to rest further up the road, said Conroe Police Sgt. Jon Buckholtz.

Deringis had very severe injuries when he was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston by a PHI medical helicopter, Buckholtz said.
"The driver was ejected across the concrete barrier and stopped in the empty pavement," said Buckholtz, adding if Deringis had been just one more lane over he would have been thrown over the overpass.

The chase started when Precinct 2 Constable's Office deputies Charles Roper and Brent Ballard pursued Deringis eastbound on Davis Street after they spotted him allegedly traveling more than 20 mph over the speed limit and running two red lights, one at Longmire Road and one in front of the shopping center containing Target and Home Depot, Buckholtz said.
When the deputies turned on their patrol lights Deringis fled, turning south on the I-45 feeder road, Buckholtz said. At the scene Wednesday night McDonnell, the driver of the F350 truck, told officers he was traveling at 50 mph on the overpass when Deringis approached him at a high rate of speed, Buckholtz said. The speed limit on all frontage roads inside Loop 336 is 45 mph, he said.

McDonnell said he was driving back home to Tomball after visiting his parents, who had just moved to Artesian Lakes, and an uncle who was in town from Iowa. He said he turned from FM 2854 onto the I-45 frontage road when he noticed emergency lights approaching him.
"I saw emergency lights behind me and I started to veer to the right. Then I saw the motorcycle and he started to veer to the right and then he hit me," said McDonnell, who is a former first responder with the fire department. "As soon as it happened I got out and tried to help him.
"I took his helmet off and helped with his air way as best I could until emergency services arrived."

Deringis was "pretty bad" and was unconscious, McDonnell said.
Moments after the accident, officials cleared a landing zone for PHI on the feeder road overpass.

Deringis was in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston Thursday, Buckholtz said.
Precinct 2 Chief Deputy Steve Roper, whose son Charles Roper was the driver of the deputy vehicle pursuing Deringis, said the department was planning on filing charges against Deringis for evading detention and running two red lights.

The Precinct 2 Constable's Officer will perform a formal review of the incident, as is normal policy with all vehicle chases, Steve Roper said.
Deringis was the second serious crash of a motorcycle Wednesday. A motorcycle wreck on I-45 North just south of FM 830 took the life of Randall Hopper, 43, of Willis, around 3:15 p.m.Hopper was northbound on I-45 weaving in and out of traffic when he clipped the rear driver's side of a 2004 pick-up truck as he tried to pass the truck, lost control and was ejected from his motorcycle, said Buckholtz, who investigated both wrecks. Hopper hit a guardrail and was killed instantly, Buckholtz said. The motorcycle continued to slide on its left side along the pavement for nearly 350 feet before coming to rest in a wooded area in the highway's median.

Just before the accident, Buckholtz said, Hopper was traveling at a high rate of speed and passed an off-duty Harris County Constable northbound on I-45.

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Looks like he will have even more fun to deal with after he sobers up from the ICU.
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Does he owe you some money or something?
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"was fleeing officers"

Hopefully he pulls threw just fine, and learns from this.
Best of wishes to his family.

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no i dont even know the guy. im just thankful hes still here. hes too young
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i'm confused... who posted this then?...

"THE ACCIDENT WAS NOT CAUSED BY A POLICE CHASE BUT A MISJUDGMENT ON BOTH PARTS!"
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no i dont even know the guy. im just thankful hes still here. hes too young
Ah okay, yeah he is young. I am suprised I lived past that age as well. Hopefully he will too.
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"was fleeing officers"

Hopefully he pulls threw just fine, and learns from this.
Best of wishes to his family.

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(What if he was just hauling and never saw the lights behind him?)
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that whole story is a bunch of bull.. papers never put out the real story they allways put it in the own words to make them selves look good. i believe what his family says 100% over that bs of what the paper and the cops say. the cops and the other guy just dont want to admit they fckd up.. tahst my 2 cents
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that whole story is a bunch of bull.. papers never put out the real story they allways put it in the own words to make them selves look good. i believe what his family says 100% over that bs of what the paper and the cops say. the cops and the other guy just dont want to admit they fckd up.. tahst my 2 cents
yeah, cuz the family was there and they aren't biased in any way........:laughing6

not that ALL the facts are in the paper, but the paper is alot less biased the kinfolk...reality again...damm
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The ONLY part about the story that I find fishy is that the chasing officer is the son of the Chief Deputy... :confused1

If he wasn't running (personally, I think he was) then this could be means for a cover up.
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yeah, cuz the family was there and they aren't biased in any way........:laughing6

not that ALL the facts are in the paper, but the paper is alot less biased the kinfolk...reality again...damm

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u tell me then cause like i said before i believe his family over all the other ... and this is starigh from his mom and i think she would know.
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and his mom has no reason to be biased? believe what you want.........as somebody else has said, when he gets outta the hospital he has court to deal w/ .
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i smell another day of dead horse kicking lol.... if it was running from the police or just pure speeding he got his share of the suffering why keep sticking ur finger in the wound... racerx would u just move on with ur life ...
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and yet you opened and read the thread.........:eh:
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i dont get what ur trying to prove.... the guy is already hurt and what happened happened... instead of pointing fingers why dont u go post some safety topics and statistics remember when we talked about 'constructive advice' and if your really bored like the rest of us we can ebattle about something different...
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so have i said he was running? if i'm "pointing fingers" other then the quoted article.

like i've told ya before "read" my post............
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I like the way they always blame the motorcyclist "Hopper was northbound on I-45 weaving in and out of traffic ". What is their definition of 'weaving'?

On NOS's accident:
I went to Google Maps to look up the area that they are talking about. Were these cops riding together or in seperate cars? They saw him run 2 lights - 1 on Longmire Rd. then the pursuit started?? Does this mean that they were following him for awhile before the 'pursuit' started? If so, why didn't they initiate the pursuit before he got near the freeway? The cops surely know that if the bike gets to the freeway then a chase could start. Judging from the map, this all happened within a mile or two which is less than 2 minutes on the bike. I doubt I'd even realize they were behind me in that short amount of time. Just some thoughts. Maybe whoever wrote the story is a bad writer or someone doesn't have their facts straight.

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how were they following him if he was going +20 over the speed limit and running red lights?

i know walters speeds (we're all probably guilty of that) but i don't think any of us would risk running 2 red lights on the bike. but thats just my opinion
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