Basketball player, technician among those killed in weather-related wrecks

02/12/2014 9:18 AM

02/12/2014 9:46 AM

Katelyn ShyAnn Hooper

Katelyn ShyAnn Hooper, the teenager who died in a wreck on a slick Denton County road Monday night, had a passion for basketball and liked taking selfies with friends and family.

A Northwest High School sophomore, she was a Lady Texan, a forward on the varsity team. She wore No. 24.

“She was very outgoing,” said her father, Tommy Hooper. “Driven.”

His daughter had played basketball since she was little, and she practiced during the off-season, he said.

“She put some effort into it,” Hooper said.

Head basketball coach Rusty Johnson said, “She will be deeply missed and always remembered as a part of the Lady Texan basketball family.”

Hooper said his daughter, 16, was returning from track practice when the wreck occurred. She was planning to throw the discus this year.

On Saturday, she posted a picture of herself with her dad as they spent a father and daughter day together. They shared dinner and rented her request, The Family.

“Sometimes it doesn’t seem real to me,” Hooper said. “I wait for her to text me. I wait for her to call me.”

— Diane Smith

Jeffrey William Rozas

Jeffrey William Rozas, who was killed about 5 a.m. in a wreck on Southeast Loop 820 in Forest Hill Tuesday, cared more about other people than himself, said his mom, Rebecca Lopez.

He once stopped to help a woman out of a car wreck and waited with her until emergency responders arrived, Lopez said. Another time, he ran into a burning house to warn occupants to get out.

“He didn’t care about himself, just other people,” Lopez said.

Rozas, 31, died when his car struck another and the collision’s force threw him from his car onto the pavement in the 4900 block of Southwest Loop 820. He also was hit by another vehicle.

He lived in Kennedale with his wife Krystal Martinez-Rozas, 30; daughters Gabriella, 13, and Marissa, 10; and his 9-year-old son, also named Jeffrey.

Lopez, of Baton Rouge, La., said her cell phone rang repeatedly Tuesday as neighbors called her.

“They said he would do anything for anybody,” Lopez said. “He was the best guy in the world.”

A technician for Miller Electric Co., Rozas lived most of his life in Baton Rouge, and will be buried there, said his grandfather, Sherwood Cox, 76, of Orange Beach, Ala.

Rosie Jane Cox, Rozas’ grandmother, said he had just put new tires on his car “so they would be safe.”

— Terry Evans

Kenneth Jones

Kenneth Jones was killed shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday in a single-vehicle wreck in northwest Tarrant County near the Parker County line.

Jones, 56, lost control of his vehicle in the 5500 block of Cattlebaron Drive and crashed into a tree, the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department reported. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.

Family and friends could not be reached Tuesday to relate more information about him.

— Bill Miller

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