The Lufkin Police Department has released the names of the persons who passed away in a tragic triple fatality that occurred late Friday night (December 16).
The three deceased were identified as Anastasia Gray, 19, of Carthage, Antownique Robertson, 18, of Carthage, and Xzavien Grimble, 20, of Jasper. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
Two others were critically injured and were flown to a Tyler hospital early Saturday morning. They are identified as Radaysha Jackson, 18, of Kirbyville, and Reilly Brown, 19, of Carthage. They both remained hospitalized in Tyler as of late Saturday afternoon.
Another passenger, Omorion Lewis, 17, of Jasper, was treated and released from a local hospital.
As of this evening, the driver, Tyler Lewis, 17, of Lufkin, remained in the Angelina County Jail on three counts of intoxication manslaughter. His bond had not been set as of 5:40 p.m. Lewis was taken to a local hospital following the accident but was treated and released into police custody shortly after that. Additional charges are pending for Lewis.
According to a media release the accident occurred at 12 a.m. today (Saturday) on South First Street in front of Ralph & Kacoos and Cotton Patch. The preliminary investigation shows that Lewis was southbound on South First Street in a small sedan when he made a sudden lane change and was rear-ended by another vehicle. Lewis’ sedan spun into the median and came to an abrupt stop.
Neither Lewis nor his six passengers were wearing seat belts. Lewis remained in the driver’s seat while his passengers came to rest in the back seat. Three of the passengers were pronounced dead at the scene while two others were flown to an out-of-town hospital. Another was treated and released from a local hospital.
The incident remains under investigation. Please keep all those involved in your prayers.
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