An Abilene Christian University student and a pickup driver were killed in Friday night’s head-on crash just outside of Abilene, which also injured five other students.
Six ACU students were on their way to the Oplin Community Center for a night of country-western dancing at the popular Grand Ole Oplin, about 25 miles southeast of Abilene, when the wreck happened at about 8 p.m. on Texas Hwy 36 near the Abilene Regional Airport.
The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that a pickup truck ran a stop sign at CR 107, on Potosi Road, and crashed head on into the group’s vehicle.
Lindsey Lee Smith, 20, of New Braunfels, and the driver of the other pickup, Jeffrey Dane Davis, 27, of Abilene, were immediately killed in the wreck.
Five other students were injured. Two of them remain hospitalized on Sunday in Hendrick Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. They were identified as Rebekah Cherniss, 18, of Katy and Deanna Lynn Romero, 19, of Omaha, Neb.
Smith was a student at Abilene Christian University majoring in public relations. She was well known in New Braunfels for her roles in local theatrical productions, including a production of Annie back in 2009.
Davis was a 2004 Cooper High School graduate. He is survived by his wife and two young children.
Blood samples were taken on both drivers to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash.
DPS continues investigating the fatal accident.