Two young women are dead and another two injured after their car was hit by a semi-truck in Paris, TX.
The collision occurred at approximately 6:30 pm Tuesday evening at the intersection of FM 1497 and Loop 286 – an intersection where five other fatal car wrecks have occurred since 2000.
Latisha Hearne, 21, was driving a 2007 Nissan Maxima southbound on FM 1497 when they were struck broadside by the big rig.
One of the passengers in the car - Devin Oliver, 21 - was pronounced dead at the crash scene.
Another passenger - Aubree Butts, 20 - was rushed to hospital but died en-route.
Both Oliver and a third passenger in the vehicle – Zeonbia Winbush, 19 – suffered non-life threatening injuries.
It is currently unclear what caused this tragic accident to occur or which driver was at fault.
Although Paris PD have remarked that they do not think impairment or speeding was a factor, both Oliver and the 18-wheeler driver have submitted samples to be tested for drugs and/or alcohol.
So far, neither motorist has been charged with any criminal offense.
This crash is an absolute tragedy, as is the case anytime someone loses their life in a motor vehicle wreck.
The young women who were lost last night were by all accounts in the prime of their lives. Both Oliver and Butts were teammates on Texas A&M Commerce’s women’s basketball team.
I’m sure that regardless of whether or not she was found to be the driver at fault, Ms. Hearne will have to live with the guilt of this devastating accident for the rest of her life.
Our thoughts are with the families, friends, and loved ones of all the victims at this terrible time. We are sorry for your loss.