MONTGOMERY COUNTY - The Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets is mourning a loss of one of it's own.
Thomas Bratcher, 19, of Spring was killed in a fatal accident Thursday afternoon in Montgomery County.
According to the Department of Public Safety, Bratcher was driving southbound on Gosling Road in The Woodlands when he tried to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone. Troopers say it was then that he lost control of his 2008 Mustang and collided with a pickup truck traveling northbound.
The driver of the truck was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition, while the passenger was not injured.
According to authorities, Bratcher was trapped inside his car. The Woodlands Fire Department had to cut him out of his Mustang so EMS could treat him.
Troopers say Bratcher's injuries were too severe and he died on scene.
Brigadier General Joe Ramirez, Jr., the Commandant of the Corps of Cadets, issued the following statement Saturday on his Facebook page:
"It is with extreme sadness that I confirm the death of Cadet Thomas Bratcher ’17, a member of the Corps of Cadets, as a result of a traffic accident Thursday evening. Thomas was from Spring, Texas and had just finished his freshman year as a member of Squadron 2 (Gator-2). Thomas was also a member of the Corps Basketball Team.
Thomas was a young man of tremendous character and faith. He was a hard worker, and was devoted to his family and friends. In all that he did, Thomas displayed enthusiasm, a strong work ethic, commitment and genuine concern for others. He thoroughly enjoyed his participation on the Corps basketball team, and was known for an unselfishness in his play and a true love of the game. He was a very well-liked young man, and his loss will affect all of us for a long time to come.
I want to offer my condolences to Thomas Bratcher’s family, friends and fellow cadets on his loss. We all stand together as Aggies today as we mourn the loss of one of our own. Thomas Bratcher will be missed by all of us.
As an Aggie, I hope the Bratcher family will take solace in knowing that Thomas will never be forgotten, and that the unique Aggie spirit of camaraderie that is such an integral part of Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets will hold fast for them in this very difficult time. Thomas was a member of the Aggie family, and his spirit will live on in all Aggies who follow him – especially those who are members of the Corps of Cadets.
As we get information on funeral services and any other items that the family wishes to be shared, we will post that information on our social media outlets and website. We thank all of you for your concern, your prayers, and your support of the Bratcher family and the Corps of Cadets through this difficult time.
Rest in Peace, Thomas. You are gone, but never forgotten."
An account has been set up to help bring his friends and family from out of state to his funeral.