A father and his 2-year-old son were killed in a crash that closed Interstate 30 near Lake Ray Hubbard Monday night.
Witnesses said traffic was slowing for a wreck further down I-30 when one SUV struck a smaller SUV in the rear at about 9:15 p.m. Both vehicles started to burn after the impact.
Both passengers in the smaller SUV, 28-year-old Jarred Schumpert and his son Lyndon Schumpert, of Missouri, died inside the vehicle at the scene. The driver, Laura Schumpert, was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital where she remains in fair condition.
The driver of the SUV that crashed into the smaller SUV was transported to Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas with injuries that were not life threatening.
Investigators said that failure to control speed was a factor in the crash and that alcohol was not involved. Investigators said they will contact the Dallas District Attorney's office about any possible charges.
Jarred Schumpert played football at Missouri's Southwest Baptist University from 2006 through 2009.
"This is devastating news," university Director of Athletics Mike Pitts stated. "I still remember shaking Jarred's hand in the middle of the football field on senior day like it was yesterday."
SBU coach Robert Clardy said Schumpert was arguably the school's best defensive player to ever. He still holds school records for tackles and forced fumbles.
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"Schump was the hardest worker we've had in this program," Clardy stated. "He was a true man of character and integrity and was looked up to by every member of this program. He will be truly missed."