High school ‘sweethearts’ die in Lockhart crash

Lauren and Isaac Garcia, who were killed in a crash on Farm to Market 672 and County Road 182 on Jan. 11, 2017 (Family Photo)
Lauren Garcia and Isaac Garcia, who were killed in a crash on Farm to Market 672 and County Road 182 on Jan. 11, 2017 (Family Photo)

LOCKHART, Texas (KXAN) — A Wednesday night crash killed a current Lockhart High School student and a former student on Farm to Market 672 and County Road 182, according to Lockhart Independent School District.

LISD says high school senior Lauren Garcia and former student, Isaac Garcia, were both killed. The school says they were high school sweethearts.

“It feels like we’re going to go to sleep and wake up and everything’s going to be back to normal,” said Lauren’s aunt, Maria Flores. “They were so young, they had their life ahead of them.”

The Department of Public Safety says the two-vehicle crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Initial information indicates the driver of a Chevy Silverado was going westbound on FM 672 when they approached a curve and drove onto the wrong side of the road and struck the Ford Ranger Isaac was driving head-on. Isaac and Lauren died at the scene of the crash.

The driver and passenger in the Chevy were both taken to the hospital for treatment.

Flores says they were starting to plan her graduation party, and can’t grasp that now they’re planning her funeral. “She’s always going to be here with us. I know one thing, she liked butterflies, so every time we see a butterfly we’re going to think of her,” said Flores.

Lauren is described by the school as a “spunky, bubbly spirit, who always had a smile on her face. Her teachers remember her as a strong person, focused on her future. She is going to be missed by so many.”

Melissa Hardaway was Lauren’s speech and debate teacher. “In that class she had a lot of friends. It was very quiet and somber and everybody is just — it’s shocking for everybody,” said Hardaway.

Counselors will be at the school talking to grieving students in Lauren’s classes and any one who need someone to talk to in the campus library.

A public visitation will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lockhart High School, followed by a rosary at 7 p.m. On Monday, a funeral service will be held for Isaac and Lauren at 2:30 p.m. at the Lockhart High School Gym. 

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