ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A Round Rock family is facing a tragic loss: a brother and sister–both 20 years old–were killed in a crash earlier this weekend. Kylie and Ryan Murphy were driving home Friday to Round Rock from Lubbock, where they were students at Texas Tech University.
Ryan Murphy just turned 20. His barely older sister, Kylie, would have been 21 next month. The two were traveling home to celebrate his recent birthday with family, when they were killed in a car crash about 8:45 p.m. on US 183 in Burnet County.
Samantha McLane is a long-time family friend, and became a teacher and coach and McNeil High School. She sat down to talk with us about the two kids she watched grow up.
“It still doesn’t seem real,” said McLane, “I mean, they’re 20 years old. They have so much life.”
Ryan played football at McNeil High School and Kylie was a dancer for their “Majestics Drill Team.”
“She was friends with everyone,” said McLane, “I know her dance instructors described her laugh as just being super contagious.”
“Ryan is a goof ball. He’s just hilarious. He can always make everyone laugh,” McLane said.
Following his high school career, Ryan played football at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor before heading to Texas Tech, joining his sister.
“They just had so much more, I feel like, to give,” said McLane, “They were going to do great things. They were going to be successful. They had just such awesome spirits about them.”
University officials with Texas Tech released a statement Sunday saying: “We are deeply saddened at the passing of Kylie and Ryan. The university extends its deepest sympathies to their family and friends.”
Department of Public Safety officials released information about the crash Monday, saying Kylie was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash. A witness told police the right side tires of Murphy’s car left the roadway before the car returned to its lane. About five seconds later, the car’s right tires again left the road. This time, the car over-corrected and skidded across both southbound lanes and into oncoming traffic. Their Mazda 3 was hit by a Dodge Ram driving north on US 183.
Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Authorities said they would have to get a subpoena to access phone records to determine if phone use may have played a part in the crash.