A teen driver has died while a second teen and the driver of another vehicle remain in Fort Worth area hospitals with serious injuries following a crash Monday.
Katelyn ShyAnn Hooper, 16, was killed in a crash on Farm-to-Market 156 south of state Highway 114 at about 5:30 p.m.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers said Hooper's car was traveling south on FM 156 when it was hit by a pickup truck. Troopers and Hooper's family gave conflicting reports of which vehicle lost control on the roadway.
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DPS troopers said Hooper died at the scene of the crash. A teenage passenger in the car and the driver of the pickup were taken to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries.
Both Hooper and her teenage passenger were students in Northwest Independent School District.
“On behalf of the Northwest High School Lady Texan basketball program, we are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our players, ShyAnn Hooper and the condition of another player, Brianna Christensen,” said head basketball coach Rusty Johnson. “Shyann Hooper was loved by her teammates and school. She will be deeply missed and always remembered as a part of the Lady Texan basketball family. Our prayers go out to the families and friends of both young ladies, and we ask for continued prayers for the both families and Brianna's recovery.”
Hooper was a sophomore at Northwest High School and played forward on the varsity basketball team. Hooper's family said she was on the way back from track practice at the time of the crash.
“We know this is a difficult time for our students and families,” said Northwest High School Principal Jason Childress. “Shy loved her school and was a faithful part of the school community. She will be missed by many. Tomorrow, we will provide extra counseling staff on campus for students who should need assistance.”
Neither Conklin nor DPS troopers would confirm the crash was related to icy roads observed in the area.
NBC 5's Brian Scott saw evidence of at least a dozen crashes on the stretch of road where the fatal crash occurred. In all, four people have died on North Texas roadways since Monday afternoon.