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.
Northwest schools were closed Tuesday because of icy weather.
However, families were emailed Monday night to let them know that counselors would be available to students on Tuesday by phone or email, said Emily Conklin, a district spokeswoman.
Hooper’s basketball coach, Rusty Johnson, said Tuesday that she “was loved by her teammates and school.”
“She will be deeply missed and always remembered as a part of the Lady Texan basketball family,” Johnson said in a statement issued by the school district. “Our prayers go out to the families and friends of both young ladies, and we ask for continued prayers for both families and Brianna’s recovery.”
The wreck happened about 5:30 p.m. on Farm Road 156, just south of Texas 114 near Justin, Haschel said.
On Monday, Haschel corrected earlier information that stated the girls’ Ford 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. “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.
On Tuesday, Haschel added that Hooper was wearing her seat belt during the wreck.
“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.
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