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Teen who died in Burleson crash attended Arlington school

BURLESON -- A 16-year-old boy killed Sunday in a wreck in Burleson has been identified as Shane Allen, a junior at Grace Preparatory Academy in Arlington.

Sally Ellertson, a city spokeswoman, said Allen was traveling south on South Burleson Boulevard about 8:30 a.m. Sunday when his pickup struck a southbound 18-wheeler attempting to turn right onto Hidden Creek Parkway.

"The 18-wheeler turned right from the left lane, and as he did, the pickup driven by Allen attempted to pass the 18-wheeler on the right side," Ellertson wrote in a press release. "The pickup made glancing contact with the 18-wheeler. The pickup then veered to the right, went off the road, and rolled."

Witnesses told police that Allen was traveling at a high rate of speed when the collision occurred.

Allen's brother, 15-year-old Nathan Allen, and the 18-wheeler's driver, Richard Muncaster, 38, of Canada, were not seriously injured in the wreck, Ellertson said.

Elaine Chapman, principal at Grace Preparatory Academy, described Allen as a "stellar student" with a talent for art and sports. Allen ran track and had been on a member of the varsity football team since the 9th grade, she said.

"He was just very much loved by everybody here at the school. Just a delightful child. Always very positive and kind of a clown," Chapman said.

Chapman said Allen had recently spent a month in Africa on a mission trip.

"He was very strong in his faith and was very open," Chapman said.

She said three counselors would be on hand to talk with Allen's classmates on Wednesday.

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