Police are investigating the cause of a wreck that killed a 15-year-old boy and two adults Sunday afternoon.
All three victims were members of Stewart Chapel CME Church at 1700 Amanda Avenue in Fort Worth’s Stop Six area.
They were going to attend an anniversary celebration at Wesley Chapel Church in Azle when the crash occurred at about 2 p.m.
“Everybody was pretty disappointed. you know?” said Thurmond Berry, Wesley Chapel pastor. “That broke up the service. Everyone was crying.”
Friends and relatives gathered Sunday night near the home of Henry Sims, 80, a long time member of Stewart Chapel.
Sims' daughter Pamela Peyton, had trouble accepting that he is gone.
“He’s a good man. He’s a sweet man. He’s funny, likes to have fun,” she said.
She went to the scene of the crash to witness it for herself.
“I just had to go and see and once I saw it I was OK, I could deal with it then,” she said.
The people who knew Sims said he was a God-fearing man who touched many lives in a positive way.
“He just made me feel like I was part of the family. That’s the kind of man he was. He didn’t meet a stranger. Everybody was somebody to him,” said family friend Versie Pruitt.
The three victims were riding in the back seat of a Kia Soul that struck a Honda Odyssey Mini Van on Texas state Highway 199/Jacksboro Highway at Hanger Cut Off Road.
“Both vehicles collided in the intersection. One of the vehicles burst into flames,” said Fort Worth Police Lt. Pedro Criado.
The driver and front seat passenger of the Kia escaped but could not rescue the others.
A total of four people survived the crash and police planned to review statements from those witnesses to help determine the cause of the wreck.