Fort Worth woman among four killed in Erath County wreck

Posted Monday, Apr. 29, 2013  Print Reprints

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Two Tarleton State University students, including one from Fort Worth, and an Arkansas couple were killed Sunday afternoon in a head-on collision on U.S. 281 in Erath County, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety report released Monday.

One of the students was Kimberly G. Peacock, 19, of Fort Worth, a 2011 graduate of Keller Central High School. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Peacock was a passenger in a car driven by Courtney Kay Smalley, 18, of Lipan, who also was killed.

Both were Tarleton students, said Kurt Mogonye, a university spokesman.

The DPS identified the others killed as Matthew Lee Keith, 29, and his wife, Tsanti C. Keith, 26, both of Searcy, Ark.

Matthew Keith attended Tarleton but did not graduate, Mogonye said. The Keiths were in the area to attend a wedding, he said.

“We lost two students and a former student,” Mogonye said. “It’s a really sad day here on campus.”

At Keller Central, grief counselors were available, said Bryce Nieman, a school district spokesman.

At Tarleton, Peacock was a sophomore majoring in animal science and Smalley was a freshman majoring in interdisciplinary studies, Mogonye said. Both were members of the Phi Mu sorority.

The wreck was reported about 4:30 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 281 about seven miles north of Morgan Mill. The town is about 65 miles southwest of Fort Worth and about 12 miles north of Stephenville.

Smalley was driving a 1998 Volkswagen southbound when it veered into the northbound lanes and collided with a 2006 Mercedes driven by Matthew Keith, DPS reports state.

All four people were wearing seat belts, the reports state.

Staff writer Bill Miller contributed to this report.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

U.S. 281, Morgan Mill, TX
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