Flags were flown at half-staff Wednesday at Texas A&M-Commerce for two North Texas students killed in a car crash after coaching a basketball camp at Paris High School.
Aubree Butts, a 2012 graduate of Lewisville High School, and Devin Oliver, a 2011 graduate of Rowlett High School, died after the car they were riding in struck an 18-wheeler at FM1497 and Loop 286 in Paris, in northeast Texas.
The driver of the car, La’Tisha Hearne of Dallas, and 19-year-old passenger Zenobia Winbush of Schertz had non-life-threatening injuries. Hearne, 21, is a 2011 graduate of Richardson High School.
All four were members of the Texas A&M-Commerce women’s basketball team. They had just finished coaching the camp and were on their way back to Commerce when the crash occurred around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Paris Police Department.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, but speed, drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors, Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley said. The truck driver was not injured.
Hearne’s mother, Tabitha Hearne, didn’t respond to a request for comment.
On her Facebook page, she wrote that she was grateful her daughter’s life had been spared.
“Lord I pray for strength for the parents of the young ladies that lost their lives tonight,” she wrote. “I am so sorry, words can’t express how I feel right now.”
Both Butts, 20, and Oliver, 21, played guard on the Lions’ team. They were remembered as student leaders and standout athletes.
Source: Dallas News