A Saginaw High School senior, a backseat passenger, was killed Sunday in a wreck on a rainy street that split the car between the front and back seats, police said Tuesday.
Vincent Ireland, 17, of Fort Worth was pronounced dead at 9:55 p.m. Sunday, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reported.
Ireland was in the rear passenger seat when the car crashed sideways into a utility pole starting on the driver’s side, Saginaw police Capt. Russell Ragsdale said.
Ireland was an offensive and defensive lineman for the Rough Riders during his freshman and sophomore years, head football coach Mike Peters said in a prepared statement Tuesday.
“Even after he left our program, I would see him at other athletic events and around the school. I enjoyed catching up with him — he was a pleasant young man to be around. The Saginaw High School Rough Rider family was saddened to hear of Vincent’s passing and it’s a tragedy when a young life is taken so soon,” Peters said.
Police received a 911 call at 9:42 p.m. Sunday about the wreck in the 900 block of East McLeroy Boulevard.
Three other teenagers were in the car, Ragsdale said. One was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, and two were treated and released at the scene.
All were wearing seat belts, Ragsdale said.
He said it was too soon to tell whether anyone would be charged in the crash.
There was “catastrophic” damage to the car, but police weren’t sure Tuesday how fast it was going. The speed limit is 35 mph where the crash happened, Ragsdale said.
“We don’t have these happen in our city hardly ever,” he said. “We are searching for experts in the field to give us a hand.”
Ireland died of multiple blunt force injuries, according to the medical examiner’s office.
He will be honored at the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district’s Medellin Memorial in front of Boswell High School. The memorial was created to honor a Boswell High School graduate killed in Iraq in 2003.
“This is a sad day for our Saginaw family. Please remember Vincent’s family in your thoughts and prayers,” high school Principal Patrick Torres wrote in a letter to parents Monday. “If there is anything we can do to support your child, please contact me or any one of our campus leaders.”
Students took to Twitter Monday and Tuesday with the hashtag #FlyHighVincent.
A memorial fund for Ireland’s family was set up at Wells Fargo to “directly help support the family financially during this difficult time,” a school official said.
Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792