RIO VISTA (CBSDFW.COM) – Community members held candles and prayed in front of Rio Vista High School Thursday night after a violent car crash killed one area teen and left three others in the hospital.
Eighteen-year-old Charlotte Tillison died in the crash on County Road 1106. She was a passenger in a 2002 Volkswagen Passat that split into two pieces after hitting a tree.
The accident happened about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Another resident on her way home from work was the first on to come across the wreckage.
“I didn’t think that could actually happen to anybody,” she said at the crash site Thursday. “You see crashes on the side but you don’t actually think about it.”
The woman, who asked not to be identified, said the car was in so many pieces she thought it was just trash dumped in the middle of the road.
“Then I saw somebody with a cell phone just flashing it like a light,” she said. “I thought that was a bit weird so I stopped.”
One of the male passengers was already on the phone with 911 but didn’t know what happened, or where he was. The woman said called with her phone to allow rescue crews to track her phone and find the accident.
Even at that point, she said she thought it might be a motorcycle accident. She didn’t notice the front section of the car right away, which came to rest on the opposite side of the road.
The 16-year-old driver, Shelbi Misener of Rio Vista, survived the crash. She and 19-year-old Bryan Akiker of Waco were in stable condition.
19-year-old Lance Rejcek of Rio Vista was in critical condition late Thursday at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.
Many of the teachers, classmates and friends at the school Thursday were there to share memories of Tillison. One friend described her like a sister. A teacher said she was the type of student that made everyone else feel like they fit in.
DPS was still reconstructing the scene and looking at the wreckage. No charges have been filed.