COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) — CBS 11 News has learned the identity of the four North Texas high school students killed in a crash Tuesday evening in the town of Lavon.
The family of Jordan Kidd confirmed the 17-year-old is one of the victims. Kidd was the son of a captain with the Nevada Fire Department.READ MORE: Mesquite Officer Dies After Shooting Outside Grocery Store
The other victims were identified later as Andrew Miller, 17, Marilynn Dominguez, 16 and Secily Lackey, 16.
It was late Tuesday when investigators revealed four high school students had been killed in the accident on State Highway 78 near Business 78/Main Street.
Officials said then it was 2 teenaged boys and 2 teenaged girls who were killed when the pickup they were traveling in hydroplaned, crossed the median and slammed into a passenger van.
Three people inside that van were hurt. They were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. It isn’t known if they remain hospitalized.
Jordan Kidd and the other teens who perished were all students at Community High School. The school is in the Community Independent School District, which covers most of southeastern Collin County. Counselors are on the campus today to support students, faculty and staff.
After it was confirmed students from their district had lost their lives, administrators released a statement that said, in part, “Our thoughts and prayers are with these families and with the entire Brave Nation as we grieve together.”
Community ISD Superintendent Roosevelt Nevins said in a news conference Wednesday evening that tragedies like this are the worst part of being an educator.READ MORE: Officials React To Mesquite Officer Killed On Duty
“We have a passion to do what’s right by kids, we have a passion to take care of kids, and so when you have something like this, it is the worst part of this calling,” Nevins said. “Last night’s events are completely heart-wrenching. You’re not supposed to bury your kids — your kids are supposed to bury you.”
The superintendent continued to share his condolences with the student’s families and friends, but also appreciation for neighboring districts who have continued to show their support.
“When you have something this tragic, the first day it happened everyone comes and provides support. What we’ve seen, and what our neighbors have committed to us, is that this isn’t just a one type deal,” he said. “As we continue to support our students, as we continue to support our families… We want to make sure we continue to tell everybody to be intentional about taking care of one another.”
The three schools in the area have all lowered their flags to half-staff to remember the lives lost.
Lavon is about 16 miles east of Plano.
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