An accident has claimed the life of yet another Wise County teenager.
Paige Davila, 17, of Paradise was killed in a single-vehicle accident late Monday night in the 1300 block of Farm Road 51 North in Springtown.
Springtown Police Chief Ed Crowdis said Davila was driving north on FM 51 at “an extremely high rate of speed,” according to witnesses, in a passenger car. Crowdis said witnesses reported that Davila left the roadway, struck a speed limit sign, overcorrected and crossed back across the roadway, went through a fence and then struck a pole anchored in concrete where the car came to rest.
Davila was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:17 p.m., according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s website. The website listed the cause of death as a skull fracture.
Two passengers, identified as Christian Gomez, 18, of Decatur and Paige Harkings, 18, of Paradise were also in the vehicle and were taken by ground ambulance to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth with non life-threatening injuries, according to Crowdis.
Crowdis said speed “was definitely a contributing factor” in the wreck.
He said illegal drugs were found at the wreck scene.
“We don’t know it was a contributing factor,” he said. “We’ll have to wait for the toxicology.”
Davila attended Paradise High School. Principal Mac Edwards said Tuesday that Davila was “a good student” and a “highly intelligent young lady.” She had been attending Paradise High School for the past couple of years and was involved in academic UIL and the band’s color guard. She would have been a senior this fall.
On Tuesday afternoon, the school opened the high school cafeteria for a couple of hours to allow students to comfort each other. School counselors and youth pastors from area churches were also on hand to visit with students. Several students wrote memorial messages on a poster.
“Everybody’s in kind of a state of shock,” Edwards said.