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Three teens recovering from DeWitt crash

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Oct. 28, 2012 at 5:28 a.m.
Updated Oct. 29, 2012 at 5:29 a.m.


Three teens were recovering in area hospitals from a one-vehicle wreck that occurred about 10:30 a.m. Saturday on Farm-to-Market 236 near Arneckeville Road.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Elizabeth Tolbert, said Christopher Koudelka, 17, of Victoria, was traveling south on the road in a 2012 Nissan Versa and drove around a left curve at an unsafe speed.

Christopher, who was driving with two passengers in the car, Mallory Hoffmann, 17, and Katelynn McKay, 17, both of Cuero, hit a culvert on the right passenger side and spun the car around about 180 degrees before it caught fire.

All three passengers escaped the vehicle before it caught fire, Tolbert said, and were transported by ambulance to Citizens Medical Center.

Mallory and Katelynn's friend, Christy Schuenemann, said Mallory was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, where she underwent back surgery Sunday morning.

"She's not out of the woods yet. She's numb in her legs, and she has a ruptured spleen ... but she's doing better than yesterday," Schuenemann said.

A Citizens Medical Center spokesperson said Katelynn was in stable condition as of 3:30 p.m., but did not have information available on Christopher.

Schuenemann said when she visited Katelynn at Citizens on Sunday, family members were discussing that Katelynn may be discharged soon. Katelynn's injuries include a broken sternum, bruised heart and fractured ankle, Schuenemann said.

Schuenemann said she does not know how Mallory and Katelynn are familiar with Christopher.

Tolbert said Christopher was cited with driving at an unsafe speed, as well as violating the restrictions of his driver's license, which requires him to have a passenger in the car who is at least 21 years old.

Tolbert said Christopher's Nissan was impounded by Allan's Wrecker Service.

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