SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A 15-year-old San Marcos High School student was killed Sunday in a rollover crash on Interstate 35 that injured two other teenagers, the city of San Marcos said in a statement.
The girl, who was in the backseat, was thrown from a 1996 Ford Explorer and pronounced dead about an hour after the 3:43 p.m. crash.
The student who lost her life in the single-vehicle crash has not been identified by officials. A city spokesperson said she was not wearing a seat belt.
Police say the driver, a 16-year-old boy, lost control and rolled several times near the 206 southbound mile marker, near River Ridge Parkway. The driver and another 15-year-old female passenger had non life-threatening injuries and were taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center.
School officials say the driver and front seat passenger are related and still recovering at the hospital. Teachers here have been collecting donations to cover the funeral cost for the 15-year-old in the back who did not survive.
Counselors at San Marcos High were ready to console students learning they lost a classmate.
All southbound lanes of I-35 were closed for four hours as police investigated the crash. San Marcos police say this is the fifth highway fatality in the city this year.
In Texas, drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to have more than one passenger in the car under age 21, unless that person is a family member, as was the case in Sunday’s crash.