A 43-year-old Glen Rose man is in critical condition at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle on FM 205 early Sunday morning.
Robert A. Simmons was taken by CareFlite to JPS with compound fractures all over his body. Physicians have been working to stabilize his condition before they can perform surgery, family members said. He remains sedated and on a ventilator.
Simmons had moved from North Carolina to Glen Rose in February and has family members in the area.
The collision occurred on the curve just south of the hill by the Stone Hut on FM 205. Skid marks from the accident still can be seen on the road and pieces of the wreckage and broken glass remain strewn on the roadside. A portable sign warning of road work ahead also was hit and its crumbled metal frame and sandbags lay scattered by the side of the road.
The driver of the vehicle, a teenager from Stephenville whose name was not released, left the scene on foot and ran south along the Paluxy River's bank, authorities said. He appeared at the Inn on the River and asked for water. He told employees there he had been in a boating accident.
The Inn on the River staff called the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office, which had already been notified about the motorcycle accident.
The driver was taken to Glen Rose Medical Center, questioned and later released.
The passenger in the vehicle, Anthony Blake Peaton, 18, of Stephenville, called in the accident. He was arrested after officers discovered Peaton was wanted for failing to appear on a Class C offense and assault in Euless.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Charges had not been filed against the driver as the Reporter went to press.