(3-16-22) A road trip ended in tragedy for the University of the Southwest golf teams.
These six members of the University of the Southwest men’s and women’s golf team were killed in a crash on Tuesday:
- Mauricio Sanchez, 19, of Mexico
- Travis Garcia, 19, of Pleasanton, Texas
- Jackson Zinn, 22, Westminster, Colorado
- Karissa Raines, 21, of Fort Stockton, Texas
- Laci Stone, 18, of Nocona Texas
- Tiago Sousa, 18, of Portugal
Critically injured aboard the van were Canadian students Dayton Price of Mississauga, Ontario, and Hayden Underhill, of Amherstview. Ontario. Both were taken by helicopter to the University Medical Center in Lubbock, about 110 miles 0 to the northeast.
According to Texas DPS, the fatal crash happened at 8:17 p.m. on FM 1788 north of SH 115.
A 2017 Ford Transit passenger van that was registered by University of the Southwest was traveling northbound, while a 2007 Dodge 2500 pickup was traveling southbound.
For unknown reasons, the pickup truck drove into the van head-on causing both vehicles to catch on fire and burn.
Six golf team student-athletes and the Golf Coach Tyler James, driver of the van, were killed in the crash.
The teams had been taking part in a golf tournament at Midland College, about 315 miles west of Dallas.
Henrich Siemens, 38, of Seminole was driving the truckthat hit the team van. His passenger was a 13 year old boy who is not being identified at this time. Both were killed in the crash.
One mother was spared the grief of a losing a child to the accident.
It turned out that one team member Jasmin Collum was very fortunate…she had been scheduled to play at the tournament but at the last minute decided instead to visit her parents who live in Houston.
In the end it was decision that turned out to be a life-changing event.
Her mother Tonya Collum said.
“I told her God has a plan for her and that’s why she’s OK. We knew all those people on board. Basically, the whole team is gone or in the hospital.”