All families have been notified. The occupants of the Toyota have been identified as:
Driver Samantha Bean, 19 yoa, College Station resident,
Passengers: Tanner Giesen, 19 yoa, Highland Village, Texas resident ,
Lauren Crisp, 19 yoa, College Station resident, deceased
Denton Ward, 18 yoa, Flower Mound, Texas resident, deceased
The driver of the Toyota was the only person in the vehicle wearing a seatbelt.
At approximately 2:38 AM, officers responded to a report of a major accident at the intersection of Texas Avenue and Holleman Drive. Upon arrival, officers found that a Toyota SUV and a Chevrolet pickup truck had collided. At this time, two individuals are known to be deceased. Several other persons were injured and transported to the College Station Medical Center. Currently, the extent of their injuries is not known.
Investigators and the accident reconstruction team have been called to the scene and the investigation is underway. The identities of the persons involved are not being released pending notification of next of kin. More information will be released as the investigation continues and notifications are made.
During their initial investigation, officers were able to determine that the 1999 Toyota 4-Runner was traveling northbound on Texas Avenue. The 2004 Chevrolet 1500 pickup was eastbound on Holleman stopped at a red light. The signal light for the Chevrolet turned green and the truck proceeded into the intersection. The driver of the Toyota failed to stop at the red light for northbound Texas traffic and was struck by the Chevrolet on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The impact caused the vehicle to spin. The Toyota came to rest when the back-end portion of the vehicle impacted the light pole on the northeast corner of the intersection.
The Chevrolet had four occupants, none of whom were injured. All occupants of the Chevrolet were wearing seatbelts. The driver of that vehicle has been identified as Anish Tharappel, 19 years of age, College Station resident.
The identities of the occupants of the Toyota are still being withheld pending family notifications.
As a part of their continued investigation, the College Station Police Department Traffic Unit will be reconstructing this accident. As a result, beginning at 7:00 AM on Sunday, February 19th, portions of the intersection of Texas Avenue and Holleman Drive, will be closed to traffic for approximately 4 hours. Vehicles will still be able to travel through the area at times; however periodically the intersection will be completely closed to through traffic. We suggest that motorists use alternate routes.
If you must use either roadway during the time that officers are working in the area, please use caution. Officers will be in the area working on foot while wearing fluorescent traffic vests. These officers will be in and out of traffic as they investigate, so please be careful passing through the area and slow down.
The College Station Police Department would like to remind all motorists that Texas enacted the Move over Law in September 2003. The law requires drivers nearing stopped emergency vehicles, with lights activated, to either slow down or change lanes.
The “Move Over Law” requires drivers to take the following actions.
· If possible vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle if the highway has two or more lanes traveling the direction of the emergency vehicle.
· If you cannot “move over” slow to a speed not more than 20 mph less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 mph or more or
· Slow to a speed not more than 5 mph when the posted speed limit is less than 25 mph.
Emergency vehicles include police, emergency medical service and fire vehicles. A violation is punishable by a maximum fine of $200. If the violation results in property damage, the maximum fine increases to $500. If the violation results in bodily injury, the offense is enhanced to a Class B misdemeanor.
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