Elgin HS mourning death of two students killed in crash

Grief counselors on-hand at school Monday

Memorial honoring Ashley Farrell and Garret Sumner, who were killed in a crash near Elgin early Saturday morning. (Courtesy: Mike Castillo)

ELGIN, Texas (KXAN) — Grief counselors were on hand at Elgin High School Monday after two students there were killed in a rollover crash on U.S. 290 near Elgin early Saturday morning. Three other teens were injured in the collision, but have been released from the hospital according to friends.

Ashley Farrell, 18, from Elgin, died at the scene. Medics took Garret Sumner, 16, to University Medical Center Brackenridge in critical condition, where he died Saturday afternoon. Troopers say neither victim was wearing a seat belt.

The crash happened at 12:05 a.m. Saturday about one mile east of Elgin. DPS Troopers say a 16-year-old boy was driving a Dodge truck east on U.S. 290 when it traveled off the road, rotated 180 degrees, and rolled down an embankment. Two teens were ejected from the backseat, investigators said.

Two crosses sit at the scene of the crash and Elgin High School students were stopping by throughout the weekend to sign the cross with condolences.

“Everybody was crying. (Garret) was friends with everyone and nobody wanted to see him go,” said Elgin student Sam Chasteen.

Ashley Farrell was remembered by friends as the “life of the party” who had an eye for fashion.

“She never went to school looking ratchet,” laughed friend Erica McCarty.

Investigators have not determined whether icy roads or other factors may have caused the collision. Elgin High School opened it’s doors Saturday evening to help students coping with the loss of their classmates.

Students were encouraged to wear white in memory of Farrell and Sumner on Monday and Colton Hebert said it was a somber day in class.

“There were very few smiles,” said Hebert.

Sumner played football and JV baseball for Elgin High School, and one of his coaches says the community is coming together during this time of tragedy.

“They (the students) can rely on each other, use the staff and the support that we have to get through this tough time,” Elgin High School athletic director Jim Garfield said. “And you know, we really just want them to know that we’re here for them.”

According to Elgin High School baseball coach Gary Currie, Tuesday’s games scheduled against Salado are canceled to give Sumner’s teammates time to grieve.

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