A car accident late at night on Oct. 22 with four high school students inside cost the lives of two of the teenagers, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The deaths left the teens' classmates at their school mourning as a group, or "family," as the principal said. The two other passengers were also injured in the accident, including one who was in critical condition as of Oct. 25.
The four teens were students at Timberview High School in Mansfield, Texas. They were headed to a restaurant around 11:30 p.m. after acting in a school play. A 17-year-old Grand Prairie girl was behind the wheel of the car when she attempted to pass another vehicle on Texas 360 near New York Avenue but lost control. Police said that the car spun into the median and collided with a tree.
One passenger, a 15-year-old Arlington boy, died shortly after the accident. The other three teenagers were taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center and John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The driver passed away the night of Oct. 24. Another passenger, 16, was in critical condition after being thrown from the car. The third passenger was listed in stable condition.
The school district that contains Timberview provided grief counselors for students at least for the week. The school's principal promised that they would stay as long as necessary. He said that students were also turning to each other for comfort. Many students were also keeping vigil at the hospital for the surviving students.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "Second Timberview student dies as result of weekend car crash," Shirley Jinkins and Domingo Ramirez Jr., Oct. 25, 2011