A former Texhoma resident has been identified as one of five teenagers to lose their lives in a two-vehicle crash near Dumas, Texas Sunday, March 10 at around 3:40 p.m., leaving several communities in mourning.
And an Amarillo man was severely injured in the crash.
Derrek Lee Hager, 17, was living in Stratford, Texas, at the time of his death and he is a former resident of Texhoma. Hager was a passenger in the 2012 Chevrolet pickup he was in.
Authorities did say Hager, along with sisters: Elizabeth Kay Roys, 15, and October Dawn Roys, 17, both of Dumas; and Christopher Lee Moore, 17, and Jacob Paul Stipe, 16, both of Sunray, were all pronounced dead at the scene approximately four miles northeast of Dumas, at the intersection of Morton Elevator Road and Farm-to-Market Road 1284.
According to a report from the Department of Public Safety, the driver of the pickup, Stipe, apparently failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection. Ezequiel Garcia of Amarillo, was apparently driving a 2012 Volvo tractor-trailer that was loaded with gasoline southbound on FM 1284 when the two vehicles collided. The tractor-trailer struck the pickup on the passenger side. Troopers who investigated the crash said both vehicles then apparently caught fire.
Garcia was taken to a burn unit at the University Medical Center in Lubbock by helicopter, authorities said, where he was last known to be in critical condition with â€śsevere burns to his entire body.â€ť