The driver of a Ford pickup that had been involved in a four-vehicle accident Friday morning on SH 144 was booked into the Hood County Jail charged with multiple criminal offenses. One of the injured individuals, Granbury resident Susan Higginbotham, 63, was transported to a Fort Worth hospital with “serious, potentially life-threatening injuries,” according to Granbury police Lt. Russell Grizzard.
The Toyota Higginbotham was driving flipped upside down during the crash, which occurred at about 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 1 in the 1900 block of Glen Rose Highway.
On Monday, Grizzard told the HCN that Higginbotham was listed as being in “critical but stable condition.”
Nicholas Eugene Lander, age 34, of Granbury, “fled the scene on foot and was apprehended by GPD officers a short distance away,” according to a Granbury Police Department news release. Lander had been driving a 2017 Ford F-150 that was involved in the crash, Lt. Russell Grizzard stated.
Lander was later “found to be intoxicated,” according to police.
As of press time, Lander remained in the Hood County Jail under bonds totaling $63,000, Grizzard stated.
Lander is charged with a third-degree felony count of intoxication assault; a third-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance (Penalty Group 1 – methamphetamine); a third-degree felony count of fleeing the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury; and a Class A misdemeanor count of unlawful carrying of a weapon (handgun). The bail was set at $20,000 on each of the three felony counts, and $3,000 on the misdemeanor.
A Nissan Altima that was also damaged as a result of the crash was driven by a 32-year-old Glen Rose man who was taken to Lake Granbury Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.
The fourth vehicle damaged in the crash was a Jeep, driven by a 23-year-old Granbury man, Grizzard noted.