Fatal Auto Pedestrian Accident in College Station

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3:30 P.M. Update

Hillier Funeral Home says memorial donations for Mark Harding, Jr. can be made to Christ United Methodist Church in College Station or the Brazos Animal Shelter in Bryan.

11:55 A.M. Update

CSISD officials have confirmed that Mark Anthony Harding, Jr. was a member of the College Station Middle School band, choir and track team. Harding was also a member the youth group at Christ United Methodist Church. A moment of silence was observed at the school Wednesday morning.

In May of 2011, News 3 reported Trooper Justin Stohler was recognized by the 100 Club out of Houston for going above and beyond the call of duty. Stohler was honored for the saving the life of a truck driver in Brazos county by performing CPR on driver until the ambulance arrived.


11:45 A.M Update

The juvenile has been identified as Mark Harding, Jr., 14 years of age, College Station resident. The Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper has been identified as Trooper Justin Stohler.

This accident investigation is continuing as a cooperative effort between the CSPD Accident Reconstruction Team, the CSPD Criminal Investigation Division and the Texas Department of Public Safety.



14-year-old Mark Anthony Harding , Jr. of College Station, was struck and killed around 1 a.m. Wednesday as he and another teenager were on skateboards in the roadway near the State Highway 6 frontage road and SH 40/ William D. Fitch Parkway.

The 14-year-old was struck and killed by a DPS Highway Patrol trooper.

College Station PD is investigating the crash, since it occurred inside the city limits.

The DPS district and state Crash Reconstruction teams also are investigating, as is routine in crashes involving DPS troopers.


Early Wednesday morning, College Station Police Officers responded to the area of Highway 6 and William D. Fitch Pkwy in reference to a major accident.

Upon arrival, police discovered that a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper was traveling SB on the West-Feeder in his patrol car and struck a pedestrian in the 4300 block of SH 6 W. Feeder.

College Station Fire Department transported the pedestrian to the College Station Medical Center with a significant head injury where he later succumbed to his injury.

The victim was an eighth grade student at College Station Middle School.

The boy had been attempting to cross the roadway with a friend.

Counseling has been set up at the school and his family has been notified.