What to Know
- Four students, who all attended Community High, died in a car crash in Lavon Tuesday afternoon.
- The truck all the students were riding in swerved across the center lane sideways for an unknown reason. It collided with an oncoming van.
- The school will have counselors on campus Wednesday.
Four high school students were killed Tuesday afternoon in a two-car crash in Lavon that injured three others.
Lavon police said the crash took place at about 5:45 p.m. near the intersection of State Highway 78 and Main Street.
The three people injured in the crash were hospitalized with injuries that were not considered life threatening.
The four students all attended nearby Community High School in Nevada. Lavon police identified them as Andrew Miller, 17, Jordan Kidd, 17, Marilynn Dominguez, 16 and Secily Lackey, 16.
Community ISD Superintendent Dr. Roosevelt Nivens said surrounding school districts offered support in the form of additional staffing, counseling and even buying lunch for teachers. None of that, Nivens said, solves the ultimate problem.
"As educators we have a passion to do what's right by kids," he said. "We have a passion to take care of kids. So, when you have something like this, it's the worst part of this calling."
Several students at the school were seen hugging one another and wiping tears away as they entered the building Wednesday morning.
"It's tragic. We just pray for those families," said Yolanda Miller, whose granddaughter attends Community High School.
"It's something that shouldn't happen," said Bob Alston, a father of two students in the district, as he paused to compose himself. "When people have their lives ahead of them, it shouldn't happen."
Community ISD, which released a statement Tuesday that it was "devastated to learn of a tragic car accident involving multiple students from Community ISD," said it would have counselors available to support students and faculty Wednesday morning.
The school district's statement went on to say, "We are grateful to the first responders on the scene. As they continue to investigate CISD will refrain from making any additional comment out of respect for the families. Our thoughts and prayers are with these families and with the entire Brave Nation as we grieve together. Counselors will be available to help support students and staff first thing in the morning."
No other information has been released about the crash as of Wednesday afternoon.
Community High School is in the Community ISD, which covers much of southeastern Collin County.
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A memorial will be held Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at Community High School's Braves Stadium. Community ISD Superintendent Dr. Roosevelt Nivens will make a brief statement before the vigil begins.
Assisting the Lavon Police Department at the scene were the Lavon Fire Department, Nevada Volunteer Fire Department, Wylie Fire Department and EMS, Wylie Police Department, Collin County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety. Also assisting were clergy from First Assembly Lavon, First Baptist Lavon and First Baptist Wylie.