The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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September 16, 2011

Injured man improving after Sept. 6 wreck

PALESTINE — The condition of an 80-year-old Palestine man who was critically injured in a wreck last week inside the Palestine city limits has been upgraded at a Tyler hospital.

As of early Thursday afternoon, Kenneth Brown, 80, of Palestine was listed in “fair” condition in the intensive care unit of East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, according to ETMC spokesperson Rebecca Berkley.

Brown suffered multiple injuries during the late morning hours of Sept. 6 as a result of a crash at the intersection of Loop 256 and West Oak Street.

Authorities have said Brown was traveling southbound on Loop 256 in a 1995 Ford F-150 pickup when he struck a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup operated by 18-year-old Elise Davis of Elkhart which was stopped at a red light at the intersection of the loop and West Oak Street.

Both vehicles were in the outside lane, according to police.

“Unit One (Brown’s vehicle) approached from the rear and struck the vehicle from behind,” Palestine Interim Police Chief Jeff Powell told the Herald-Press at the time of the wreck. “Unit Two (operated by Davis) was then propelled through the intersection by the force of the contact.”

A family friend told the Herald-Press that Brown suffered two collapsed lungs, broken ribs and had a severely bruised heart as a result of the crash.

Earlier this week, the family friend also reported that Brown had showed signs of improvement and was able to communicate by shaking his head or squeezing a hand in response to questions.

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