Iowa Park student killed,
classmate seriously injured
By: Sherrie Williams
An Iowa Park student died from injuries sustained after a horse he and a classmate were riding was struck by a pickup Friday on McFall Road.
Jared Macias, 11, died Saturday in a Wichita Falls hospital.
Destiny Doan, 11, remains in Cooks Children’s Hospital with multiple injuries.
The two children were risding a horse south on McFall Road just before 1 p.m. when the horse was struck by a northbound 1980 Chevrolet pick-up driven by Mark Cotterly, 60.
The children came to rest on the west-side of the roadway and both suffered from serious injuries.
According to DPS Trooper Tony Fulton, the horse the children were riding on came out toward the roadway and a dog that was apparently with the children reportedly ran out in the road and Cotterly reportedly swerved to miss the dog and struck the horse the children were riding. When asked if Cotterly saw the horse, Fulton said, “ apparently not.”
He explained that the roadway is a narrow country lane with no center strip.
“We are early in the investigation and I don’t know if there will be any charges filed. We are looking at it as a tragic accident unless we find something else,” said Fulton.
Destiny’s great uncle Ray Allan Cook (Destiny is Ray’s wife Robin’s great-niece) said she is responsive and she does have movement of her arms and legs.
Her injuries include multiple fractures including three in her left leg in which doctors put screws and a brace was screwed to her leg, as well as multiple face and skull fractures and her neck is broken.
However, there was fear she had optical nerve damage but doctors told her family it was not damaged.
Cook said everytime the sadation wears off and they try to move her she fights them.
She also responds to questions.
“She would try to shake her head yes and no and they told her to use sign language moving her hands up and down for yes and sideways for no. After that when she woke up again and they ask her questions she responded with the sign language, she remembered,” said Cook. “We expect her to make a full recovery but she has a long road ahead of her.”
Cook also said when the doctors do cat scans they say they can see healing in the brain daily.
Wednesday morning Cook said doctors placed a halo on Destiny that will help hold her neck stable and they plan to take the breathing tube off later in the day.
A fundraiser will be held Monday evening at Texas Road House for Destiny.
An account will be set up for the families.
For more information about making donations contact Ray Allan Cook at 1-512-740-1039 or Randal Doan at 1-940867-1139 or check the Leader’s Facebook page or Iowaparkleader.com.