Center teen dies in late Sunday night wreck

Center High School staff, students mourn loss

A 17-year-old Center reisdent was killed late Sunday night in a one car crash on State Highway 7, according to Texas Department of Public Safety troopers.

The driver is identified as 17-year-old Emily Hernandez-Garcia from Center. Hernandez-Garcia was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Shelby County Justice of the Peace.

This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time, officers said.

They investigated a one vehicle crash on State Highway 7 Monday morning that reportedly occurred the previous night, about one half mile east of County Road 1211.

The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 10:30 p.m., on Sept. 2, a 2008 Pontiac passenger car was traveling east.

For reasons not yet determined by troopers, the driver drove across the westbound lanes and struck a tree. The crash was not discovered until approximately 8:30 a.m., on Sept. 3, DPS reported.

In a letter to parents and students from Center High School Principal Matt Gregory released a statement.
"It is with deepest sympathy I am informing you a Center High School Student perished in an automobile accident over the weekend," Gregory said. "As details become available we will readily share them, however we should all be very respectful of the grieving family and friends.
"As Principal I want you to know we will have counselors on site for any student who needs help with the grieving process," he said. "In addition to district counseling staff, members of local faith based organizations have been invited for availability at the request of students.
"This tragedy catches us all in the midst of a long relaxing weekend. I cannot imagine the loss felt by the Family and those closest, we can only hope for peace and closure in the days to come," Gregory said. "If you have any concerns or questions feel free to contact me at Center High school 936-598-6173."