Retired HPD officer pried from wreckage after car, truck collide on FM 1960


by staff

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 7:39 PM

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ATASCOCITA, Texas—A car and a heavy truck collided on FM 1960 late Monday morning, sending both drivers to the hospital and shutting down the busy street.

The crash happened shortly after 10 a.m. in Atascocita in northeast Harris County.

Witnesses said the truck was changing lanes when it crashed into a maroon Mercury sedan and then skidded off the road and flip over into a ditch.

Firefighters had to remove the roof of the Mercury to get the pinned driver out. He was rushed by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Family members identified him as Larry Moody, a retired Houston police officer who is in his 60s. They say he suffered multiple fractures in his legs, but is expected to be OK.

Moody’s wife was shaken up after rushing to the crash scene and seeing what was left of her husband’s car.

"I’m scared to death," his wife, Patricia Moody, said. "Anytime a big truck is involved, it’s scary."

Moody’s wife said he was headed to the dentist when the crash happened. He apparently forgot something and turned around to go back home. He never made it.

A Good Samaritan rushed to Moody’s side and she’s the one who called Moody’s wife.

"A lady called me, a wonderful lady. She’s already called twice and told me that she held his hand and stayed with him the whole way," Patricia Moody said. "It just means the world."

"I want to see that person and I hope I get to meet her," said Jennifer Moody, the victim’s daughter.

The driver of the heavy truck was also taken to the hospital.

Views from Air 11 showed that FM 1960 was shut down in both directions near Timber Forest Drive.