Wednesday at 5:22 pm, Troopers responded to a three-vehicle crash on SH-64 near CR-294 in Smith County. The driver of a 2016 Ford Fusion, Ryan Curbo, 23, of Henderson, was traveling westbound on SH-64, passed in a no-passing zone and struck an eastbound 2012 Kia passenger car driven by Lonesha McCovey, 26, of Nacogdoches. The Ford then spun and struck another east bound vehicle, a 2015 Jeep SUV driven by Callie Birdsong, 25, of Arp.
After the crash, Curbo shed his clothing and fled into a wooded area. Curbo was found a short time later and due to his erratic and aggressive actions towards first responders was stopped by less lethal means and was transported to UT-Health in Tyler with non-life threatening injuries.
Once released, Curbo was booked into the Smith County jail on two charges of intoxication assault with a vehicle – serious bodily injury as well as fleeing an accident involving serious bodily injury.
McCovey and Birdsong were both transported to Christus Trinity Mother Francis Hospital – Tyler in serious condition.
The crash remains under investigation at this time.