By Chris Edwards
– A crash involving two motorcyles and an intoxicated driver in Hardin County resulted in multiple fatalities last Friday night. HARDIN COUNTY
According to Sgt. Shana Clark with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), preliminary crash investigation reports indicate that at approximately 6:25 p.m., a Saturn Ion, driven by 50-year-old Brenon James Proulx, of Silsbee, was traveling west along FM 327, near Silsbee, and veered into the oncoming lane, striking two motorcyles that were eastbound.
The motorcyles, both Harley Davidsons, were a 2005 and a 2015 vintage, and the driver of the 2005 bike, James Means, a 39-year-old Spurger resident, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Clark.
The other motorcyclist, 37-year-old Allen Wesenberg, of Warren, was taken to Christus St. Elizabeth’s in Beaumont for treatment of life-threatening injuries, where he later succumbed. Both motorcycle drivers had passengers, a 7-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl. Both children were transported to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Means’s passenger, later identified as his daughter Cicillia “CiCi” Means, died.
Proulx was taken into custody for intoxication manslaughter and given three counts of intoxication assault, all of which are felony offenses. He remains in the Hardin County Jail with bonds totaling $160,000.
Clark said the investigation into this wreck is ongoing and there is no additional information at this time.
In the wake of CiCi Means’s passing, Spurger ISD issued a statement about her, as she was a student at Spurger Junior High.
“As a district, we want to ensure that our students, teachers and staff will have access to the resources needed to navigate this emotional journey,” the statement read.
Spurger ISD will offer additional counseling services, as well as involve community youth pastors, who will be on campus to provide support for those needing it.
The district’s statement added that “it is moments like these that reveal the strength of our Pirate family.”
In addition to arrangements for the three victims through Riley Funeral Home of Woodville, there will be a celebration for them at Ray Ray’s Bar in Silsbee, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 9, from 6 p.m. until midnight, which will feature live music. The event has a $10 cover charge and all proceeds will go to Wesenberg’s family.