Family and friends remember crash victims

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Loved ones close to victims of Friday’s crash on Barton Hills Drive gathered at the scene Saturday to honor the two teens who died and one who was seriously injured.

Several dozen others came together at Austin High School, where the victims went to school. They gathered in the theater, bringing flowers and candles for those who were killed and saying prayers for Cliff Kinkade, who is in good condition at UMC – Brackenridge.

Kinkade’s father said Cliff was in a medically-induced coma in the intensive care unit Friday, suffering from broken ribs, a swollen brain and a collapsed lung.

AISD Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz issued a statement Saturday, sending his condolences.

“Our hearts are heavy as we absorb the news of the tragedy that occurred,” Cruz said. “The loss of two students and the critical injury to a third in a car accident has affected the entire school community. At times like these, we are all family, and we all mourn together.”

“Please accept my condolences, and know that our district’s staff and I are here to support you during this difficult time,” Cruz said.

AISD will provide counseling for students at the school. The district also encourages students, families and staff members to call the Austin-Travis County mobile crisis outreach team at 512-472-4357, the Christi Center at 512-467-2600 or My Healing Place at 512-472-7878.

Funeral services for the victims are pending. APD continues their investigation into what caused the crash.

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