Area Principal's Children Killed in Car Accident

By: Michelle Peltier & Steve Fullhart
By: Michelle Peltier & Steve Fullhart

The two children and stepchild of the Navasota Junior High School principal were killed in a traffic accident in Cass County, Texas. The daughter of a former College Station city councilman was injured in the crash.

The four were on their way back from Tennessee and stopped at a convenience store off of Highway 59 in Atlanta, Texas, which is near the Arkansas border. On their way out of the gas station parking lot, authorities say their four-door Dodge was broadsided by an 18-wheeler.

The accident happened just before 3pm Tuesday. The driver, Elizabeth Pickens, 18, and her brother David, 14, were pronounced dead at the scene. They are the children of Cindy Demott, Navasota Junior High's principal.

Her stepson, Jonathan Demott, was taken to Atlanta Memorial Hospital following the wreck. The 17-year-old died just before 8:30pm Tuesday.

Elizabeth was a summer camp counselor for Kids Klub at Pebble Creek Elementary and had graduated from A&M Consolidated. David would have been a freshman at A&M Consolidated this fall.

Cindy Demott was notified about the accident at school Tuesday afternoon.

The other person in the car, Kate Massey, only suffered minor injuries. The 19-year-old is the daughter of former College Station councilman James Massey.

According to Atlanta police, no tickets were issued at the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.

An account has been set up at the Bank of Navasota to help the Demott family with funeral costs.


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