High School Senior Killed In Multi-Vehicle Crash

By Carol Cavazos, CBS 11 News

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS (CBSDFW.COM) – Friends say that Richland High School senior Colin Parks was the kind of guy who helped everybody. On Tuesday, Parks was giving a friend a car ride when he was killed in a multi-vehicle wreck at a busy intersection in North Richland Hills. Family and friends are now trying to make sense of the loss.

Parks’ mother, Pam O’Brien, said, “Colin was a really good boy. Never gave me any trouble at school. Never gave me any trouble being an 18-year-old boy. Just a really good kid.”

Colin Parks was still a senior at Richland High School in the Birdville Independent School District, but he and his girlfriend were already expecting their first child. O’Brien said, “She’s due in January — January 22nd. So, I’m going to have a little grandbaby boy! His name is going to be Hayden Lane Parks.”

O’Brien’s smile quickly disappeared at the thought of having lost her son, Colin. “It’s devestating. Devestating,” O’Brien said.

Standing next to her was Parks’ step-father, Steven Shafer. “Tragically this seems to happen to the kid that is liked the best and causes the least amount of trouble. And he was one of those kids. He was just a… he was just a… good kid,” Shafer said, choking up.

Colin Parks was just giving a friend a ride to Birdville High School when he was killed in a six-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Mid-Cities Boulevard and Davis Boulevard, after a Lincoln failed to stop and crashed into him.

Dustin Trester was one of Parks’ friends who gathered at the crash scene. “Never did any harm to anybody. Always helped anybody out. The worst stuff happens to the nicest people,” Trester said.

Colin Parks had been studying construction at the Birdville Center of Technology & Advanced Learning. He was expected back at Richland High School to finish the day after he dropped his passenger off at Birdville High School. Parks was also expected to do a whole lot more.

Friends said that they hope to have a memorial service for Parks on Wednesday afternoon near the intersection where he was killed.

Parks’ passenger was a Birdville High School senior. He was seriously injured in the wreck and taken by air ambulance to the hospital.

  • Gary G

    Seems a bit tasteless to have a link below to “Nasty NASCAR Crashes”. Just sayin’……

  • Mike

    “It’s devestating. Devestating,” O’Brien said.
    To the reporter Carol Cavazos:
    You misspelled “devastating.” You may want to correct that, since you are a professional reporter, it makes you look illiterate.

  • Christina Buell

    A child died “Mike”, give it a rest. This community is suffering enough. We have fantastic career minded kids in this district and our proud of them even if they aren’t our’s. It is hard to see my son who doesn’t even know him realize how fast someone so young can just “be gone”. Like I told my 14yo, “it’s not your driving I’m so concerned about, it’s other people who aren’t paying attention”. No matter how many times you experience loss, it doesn’t get any easier.

  • Christina Buell


  • Xander Lopez

    Why do all the people who die, out f the WHOLE world, have to mostly be kids or very younge adults with so much more to live for..he had a baby, now that child will neve know its father.

  • Ethan Barnhart

    This is not English class. We are giving respect to a teenager who lost his life during his SENIOR year. Drop the spelling corrections and all that stuff. This is my friend’s friend, so how about we a grow up a bit and show the respect?

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