Blinn cheerleader dies in New Year's Day vehicle accident

ANGELINA COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX)- A Blinn College cheerleader and a Lufkin teenager were both killed on New Year's Day in a one-vehicle accident in Angelina County.

The preliminary crash investigation by DPS shows that Jarred Pecina, 20, of Diboll, was driving a 2008 Honda passenger car south on CC Road when the vehicle drove off the road to the right and struck a dirt embankment and a tree before it rolled over.

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Pecina and his passenger, Valerie Jasso, 18, of Lufkin, were both pronounced dead at the scene, according to KTRE-TV.

On the Blinn College Cheerleading Facebook page, the following message was posted on Monday:

Buc Nation has lost one of our own team members today. We send thoughts and prayers out to the family of Jarred. You were an amazing person and will greatly be missed by so many people. We love you Jarred. #2WCUA1Proven.