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Wreck involving Whitehouse teacher, students, possibly caused by repeat drunk driver

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Holly Mann, a Whitehouse ISD teacher, remains hospitalized after Saturday night wreck. (Source: Facebook) Holly Mann, a Whitehouse ISD teacher, remains hospitalized after Saturday night wreck. (Source: Facebook)
Jacob Smith reportedly has head and back injuries. (Source: Facebook) Jacob Smith reportedly has head and back injuries. (Source: Facebook)
Jennifer Aragon is reportedly recovering from a head injury. (Source: Facebook) Jennifer Aragon is reportedly recovering from a head injury. (Source: Facebook)
Two Whitehouse Independent School District vehicles carrying Whitehouse High School students were involved in an accident late Saturday night on Highway 59 in Wharton, TX.

Whitehouse ISD superintendent Daniel Dupree says Holly Mann, a Whitehouse teacher, and two other students were taken by care-flight to a Houston hospital and remain hospitalized Sunday afternoon after the accident.

"The next thing you know I turned my head and I see headlights and the glass shatters," Jessica Wells-Dominy, a student in one of those cars, said.

"There was cars going by and running over the debris and it was sending us in a panic because it feels like things were being thrown at us," Jessica described the moments after the wreck.

Mann was driving a car with four other students inside when the wreck happened, according to one of the students in that car. Two of the students in that vehicle remain in the hospital.

Jessica Wells-Dominy and multiple people close to the incident and the victims tell KLTV 7 the two students are Jacob Smith and Jennifer Aragon. Jacob reportedly has injuries to his head and back while Jennifer is reportedly recovering from a head injury. 

Wharton County District Attorney Ross Kurtz says Mann's vehicle was struck head-on by a Toyota pickup truck traveling in the wrong direction on Highway 59. The driver of the other vehicle, Joan Marie Novak, consented to a blood test in the hospital. Kurtz said the accident is being investigated as a DWI. He said that Novak has a previous DWI on her record from December 2012.

An investigation is underway regarding Novak's state of intoxication and whether or not there was a device on her vehicle that will not allow her to drive drunk. The DA said she was required to have the device as a result of a 2012 drunk driving arrest. The blood test may take weeks to be returned, officials say.

Kurtz said the driver, the teacher and two students remain in the hospital as of Monday night. He said there are serious injuries and further surgeries are needed, he says, but they are expected to survive.

People who know Mann and are close to the situation told KLTV 7 that she has leg, rib, and pelvis injuries.

Several students and one teacher were transported to a Wharton hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries and have all since been treated and released.

The vehicles were traveling from Corpus Christi where they had attended a Career and Technical Education Contest.

Dupree said all other students, faculty, and staff are to return home Sunday afternoon.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the ones that have kids that are hurt; we know what they felt," Joe Dominy, Jessica's father, said.

KLTV is working to obtain more information and will update this story as it becomes available.
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