A Northwest High School student was killed and another injured in a two-vehicle accident south of Justin Monday afternoon.
Katelyn ShyAnn Hooper, 16, of Haslet died at the scene of the wreck, which occurred south of Texas 114 around 5:30 p.m.
According to Lonny Haschel, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, Hooper was the driver of a Ford passenger car that was traveling south on Farm Road 156 when it was struck by a northbound Ford three-quarter ton pickup.
It appears the driver of the pickup, 31-year-old April Seleska of Denton, lost control and crossed the centerline.
Seleska and a passenger in Hooper’s car, Brianna Christensen of Haslet, were transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries.
The crash is still under investigation, but officials believe weather may have been a factor.
Hooper and Christensen were both players on the Northwest girls varsity basketball team.
“On behalf of the Northwest High School Lady Texan basketball program, we are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our players, ShyAnn Hooper, and the condition of another player, Brianna Christensen,” said head basketball coach Rusty Johnson in a press release issued by the school district Tuesday. “Shyann Hooper was loved by her teammates and school. She will be deeply missed and always remembered as a part of the Lady Texan basketball family.
“Our prayers go out to the families and friends of both young ladies, and we ask for continued prayers for the both families and Brianna’s recovery.”
Although school was closed Tuesday due to the inclement weather, district officials established a counseling hotline via phone or email.
Additional counseling staff was to be on hand for students when they returned to school Wednesday.
“We know this is a difficult time for our students and families,” said Northwest High School Principal Jason Childress in the same press release. “Shy loved her school and was a faithful part of the school community. She will be missed by many.”