A law student from North Texas was killed during a police chase in Houston when the fleeing driver broadsided her.
Police are still searching for the person who struck 27-year-old Halley Shaw in southeast Houston late Tuesday night.
Shaw, a second-year law student at Texas Southern University, was a 2003 graduate of Lancaster High School.
Lancaster High ROTC instructor Maj. Eric Mosely remembers Shaw as one of the smartest students he ever taught.
"To hear that Halley died this morning is just a shocker," he said. "I can't believe it."
Mosely said he believes Shaw is the only student of his to be accepted to Harvard University. But she chose to go to Texas A&M, where her parents say she studied environmental science.
Police said Shaw was riding in the backseat of a friend's Nissan Altima when a driver trying to avoid police ran a red light and T-boned the car.
"To hear that she's gone just puts a void in your heart; she was just that kind of person," Mosely said. "Who knows where she could have ended as a citizen, as a leader? The sky was the limit."
TSU's homecoming is this weekend, and some of her law school classmates plan to walk in the parade holding a banner with Shaw's name.
The other two people in the vehicle with Shaw were transported to a nearby hospital but are expected to survive.