By: Allan M. Siegel
Three teenagers from Herndon, Virginia were killed in a tragic tractor-trailer
crash near Dallas, Texas on Friday, August 11, 2015. According to officials
from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the three teens who died in
the crash - H. Novak, 18, D. Neibaur, 19, and K. Mathers, 19 - graduated
from Herndon High School in 2014. Two teenage passengers who survived
the crash - H. Galbraith or Virginia Beach and K. DiCicco of Herndon -
were hospitalized at a local Dallas hospital.
Authorities report that the crash took place early Friday morning on Interstate
30 as the teens were on their way to a video game conference in Austin.
Shortly before 2:00 a.m., a vehicle traveling the wrong way crashed head-on
into the SUV carrying the 5 teens. A tractor-trailer driving behind the
accident was not able to stop in time and slammed into both vehicles before
they caught on fire. The 78-year-old driver of the wrong-way vehicle was
also killed in the crash.
Texas authorities are continuing to investigate the crash, and have stated
that there is no evidence to suggest the wrong-way driver was under the
influence - although results from an official toxicology report will take
The devastating crash has hit home in the community of Herndon, Virginia
where hundreds of residents recently attended a vigil to remember the
teens, four of whom were former members of the school's marching band.
CSCS extends our condolences to those affected by the tragedy, as we know
the tremendous personal and legal battles victims and their families face
in the wake of such an accident. We are hopeful an investigation can provide
more insight into what caused the crash.