Mom killed, child ejected in FM 787 crash near Cleveland

State troopers talk to tow truck drivers at a fatal crash site on FM 787 Monday morning.

A mother was killed and two young boys were seriously injured in an early-morning crash Monday on FM 787 near Cleveland.

The mother, who died as a result of the crash, was driving westbound on FM 787 when she reportedly attempted to pass a westbound 18-wheeler and lost control of her SUV vehicle.

“She entered a side skid and was struck by two truck-tractors, which caused her vehicle to spin multiple times,” said Sgt. Rob Willoughby, supervisor of the Texas Department of Public Safety office for Liberty County.

Debris is swept from the roadway following a fatal crash on FM 787 near the Cleveland Municipal Airport. The accident involved two 18-wheelers, including the one shown.

During the crash, one of the two children was ejected from the vehicle, still secured inside his child safety seat. He was thrown a short distance from the crash scene. Willoughby said he is expected to survive.

The child who remained in the crashed vehicle, who Willoughby said was also in a child safety seat, was critically injured. His condition is unknown. The two boys were flown to a Houston-area trauma center for treatment. The drivers of the two 18-wheelers were not seriously injured.

According to Willoughby, the woman’s family members have been notified.

“She and her family had recently moved to the area,” Willoughby said.

Liberty County Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace Wade Brown conducted an inquest at the scene and ordered an autopsy. The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and Cleveland Police Department provided traffic assistance while the crash scene was investigated by state troopers.

Smith Towing and J&J Wrecker Service helped authorities clear the scene.

A fatal crash involving an SUV and two 18-wheelers took place Monday morning on FM 787 near Cleveland.
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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. Above all Yes prayers for all involved BUT these damn people will learn to just slow the F$!K down and stop dying while passing. There is NO excuse…

  2. Anyone that’s been on that road knows there’s to many curves and semi’s to try and pass,Prayers to the family

  3. The shoulders on 787 by the airport have 6 inch drop offs on the edge of the payment that mite have played a part in it

  4. All of that doesn’t matter, what matters is two children no longer have a mother, a mother no longer has her daughter..for the record- which is of no importance now, however she was passing a parked “stopped” semi on the side shoulder, she was not passing a semi going to slow driving down 787 from what the family and multiple reports state. Having lost my loved one on the very same road not far from this exact accident, and it being in the news and on this very same news site, loved ones, children and spouses see, read or our told about the comments and it hurts..regardless, no reason for unkind comments ever.

    • If the truck she was passing was parked and on the shoulder, it was probably still partially on the road which makes that situation worse. She had to avoid hitting him and then had to make a decision about the oncoming traffic. It also sounds like she was new to the area so they were unfamiliar to all the trucking traffic and lack of pull-off areas available.
      Lord please be with this family in their time of loss and injury both physically, emotionally and spiritually. I pray they know the Lord and that the wife was saved, it’s the only way to deal with such loss.

    • The truck she passed hit her after the head-on occurred, per the police report. It could not have been parked if that is the fact.

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