LINDALE, Texas (KETK) – A Lindale 16-year-old was killed Thursday night after a car that he was a passenger in crashed into trees.
A DPS preliminary report stated that a different 16-year-old boy was driving a 2002 Toyota Camry on CR 472 west of Lindale around 8:45 p.m.
The report said that the driver swerved out of the way after a neighborhood dog ran onto the road. The car ran off the road and hit several trees.
The victim was ejected from the car during the crash. According to DPS, he was not wearing a seat belt.
“The other young man that was with them unfortunately wasn’t in the vehicle and they were trying to figure out what had happened to him,” said Charles Cooper, father of a survivor.
The driver was treated at the scene and a second passenger, who was 15 years old, was taken by a private car to a hospital.
“My wife’s phone rang and we got a call from our son that something bad had happened,” said Cooper.
While the names of the three boys were not released in the report, Lindale ISD released a statement identifying the victim as sophomore Lorenzo DeLeon. The names of the other two teens in the car were not released.
“It’s still a sad situation you know and I just wish teenagers realized how quickly something like this can happen,” said Cooper.
“We are saddened by this loss to our school community. Lindale ISD sends its deepest condolences to the student’s family. Please pray for all that were impacted as a result of this tragedy.“Lindale ISD Superintendent Stan Surratt
Lindale High School has made counselors and youth pastors available to students.
The crash remains under investigation.