Three Teens Still in Hospital After Deadly Crash

Three Teens Still in Hospital After Deadly Crash

by Kim Powell

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - "This girl was pinned in this area right here, and she could not get out," a witness to the crash said, pointing at pictures he took. "She was just yelling and screaming. Man, it was just nasty."

Tragedy struck early Sunday morning on FM 2020 just outside of Odessa. Three eighth graders are in the hospital after the vehicle they were riding in slammed into a truck.

The driver, 14-year-old Humberto Juarez, also known as Junior, was killed instantly. As word went around on social media about the Bowie Junior High students, they knew school would not be the same.

"This morning when we went to school, we had a moment of silence for all of them and we talked through it and throughout the day," 8th grader Angel Carrasco said. "And it was a little gloomy throughout the day and there wasn't very much activity."

State troopers tell us the SUV the teens were driving in went into the center turn lane before drifting into oncoming traffic and hitting a pickup truck head on.

Carrasco says she grew up with Melissa Muniz and is devastated at what happened to her classmates. Muniz and Maria Hernandez--both described as funny, outgoing girls--were airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock and are now in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit.

John Navarrette, a passionate athlete, was also taken to Lubbock and has been upgraded to stable condition as well.

"I just send my prayers out to all of their friends and family and I hope they get better soon," Carrasco said.

The accident is still under investigation and it's unclear how the teen got behind the wheel. Those who knew him said Junior was just a happy-go-luck kid who is gone too soon. His family says if you would like to help, you can donate to Acre's West Funeral Home.