A recent Slidell graduate was killed Friday morning in an accident on Farm Road 455 West in Denton County.
Bobby Colton Perkins, 17, of Decatur died at 5:15 a.m. in the 7900 block of FM 455 West between Bolivar and Sanger according to the release from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.
Perkins was traveling eastbound on FM 455 when he lost control of his Chevrolet pickup just east of FM 2450.
“For some reason he went off onto the shoulder and over-corrected trying to get back on the roadway,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Kyle Bradford. “The truck went into a skid and slid into a tree. He was ejected.”
Perkins was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bradford said the roadway was wet. He added that investigators were looking into whether speed was a factor.
Perkins, who went by Colton, played basketball and ran cross country at Slidell before graduating with the Class of 2014 in May.
He was first-team 21-A and Wise County selection in basketball as a senior. He averaged 13.2 points and 8.1 rebounds in helping Slidell to the Class A Region III quarterfinals.
“Colton was a great kid and hard worker,” said Slidell boys basketball coach and athletic director Todd McCormick. “He improved so much from his sophomore to junior and even senior year. He was always in the gym. He was a great kid and comes from a great family. It’s tough. All my thoughts and prayers go out to them.”