Northwest High School student dies in two-vehicle wreck south of Justin

02/10/2014 10:26 PM

02/11/2014 12:58 PM

A 16-year-old student at Northwest High School was killed and another was seriously hurt Monday evening in a two-vehicle wreck on a slick farm road near Justin in southwest Denton County, authorities reported.

The victim was identified as Katelyn ShyAnn Hooper of Haslet, a member of the school’s basketball team. Her passenger was teammate Brianna Christensen, 16, of Haslet, officials said.

Christensen was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, said.Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety in North Texas.

“I can’t confirm much,” Emily Conklin, a district spokeswoman, said Monday night. “But what I can tell you is that it was a student, from Northwest High School.”

Conklin said Northwest schools will be closed Tuesday because of icy weather.

She noted, however, that families were being emailed Monday night to let them know that counselors would be available to students Tuesday, also by email.

The wreck happened about 5:30 p.m. on Farm Road 156, just south of Texas 114 near Justin, Haschel said.

But Haschel corrected earlier information that stated the girls’ Fort Contour was traveling south on FM 156 “and lost control.”

“The troopers did find out through further investigation and witness statements that the initial report was reversed,” Haschel said at 11 p.m. Monday. “The Ford pickup lost control on the slick roadway and struck the Ford Contour.”

Hooper, who was driving the Contour, was pronounced dead at the scene, Haschel said.

“The driver of the pickup was also taken to Harris Fort Worth with serious injuries,” he said. She was identified as April Seleska, 31, of Denton.

Staff writer Domingo Ramirez Jr. contributed to this report.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

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