13-Year-Old Behind The Wheel In Crash That Killed 7 Golfers From University Of Southwest
After a deadly car crash in Andrews County, Texas which involved a pickup truck and college athletics van colliding head-on, nine people were reported dead including several student-athletes, a coach and a father-and-son.
Seven of the victims who were on the van were members of the University of the Southwest men’s and women’s golf teams. USW is a private, Christian college located in New Mexico. On Wednesday, the university released a statement confirming the victims were from their school and saying they were “shocked and saddened today as we mourn the loss of members of our university family.”
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The USW victims were: Coach Tyler James, 26; Mauricio Sanchez, 19; Travis Garcia, 19; Jackson Zinn, 22; Karisa Raines, 21; Laci Stone, 18; and Tiago Sousa, 18. They were mostly from the North American south including Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Mexico, and one was from Portugal. Two other students, Dayton Price, 19, and Hayden Underhill, 20 survived and are in the hospital in critical condition.
The families, friends, and sporting communities of the coach and student victims mourned the loss of so many bright young people in the wake of the tragic crash.
The owner of the pickup was Henrich Siemens, 38. His son, who was 13 and remains unidentified, was reportedly behind the wheel of the pickup during the crash well. They both died in the crash as well.
Details around the nature of the crash are sparse at the moment. Police said in a press conference that that crash took place Tuesday evening, while the USW van was returning from playing a tournament in Midland, Texas. The vehicles collided on a remote highway, and police revealed that the pickup truck may have blown a right before the crash occurred.