Shelbyville 2016 grad and athletic standout Octavian Burrell dies in car crash

Octavian Burrell, 21, a 2016 graduate of Shelbyville High School and an outstanding football and basketball player, was killed in a wreck early Sunday morning, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

DPS said he died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Texas Highway 147 about three miles south of San Augustine.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a one vehicle crash early this

“The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 12:30 a.m., a 2014 Chevrolet passenger car was traveling north on SH 147,” DPS officials reported. “The driver was reportedly traveling at an unsafe speed when the vehicle drove off the roadway to the right, overcorrected to the left and crossed back over the roadway to the left and struck a tree.”

Texas DPS officers said the driver of the vehicle is identified as 21-year-old Octavian Burrell, from San Augustine. Burrell was pronounced deceased at the scene by a San Augustine County Justice of the Peace.

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

A social media post by Shelbyville Athletics said Burrell was a well loved member of the Dragon athletics family.

“Octavian had such an amazing impact on our community,” post on Facebook said. “He had a love and passion for football that was contagious and brought our entire community together.

“He was an amazing role model for our young kids and they all wore his Jersey number every Friday night,” the post said. “His impact went far beyond sports and will never be forgotten.
We would like to extend our prayers and express our love and sincere condolences to his family during this difficult time.”

In March 2016, his senior year, Burrell signed to play football for Bethel University in Tennessee.

Burrell, a four-year letterman for the Dragons rushed for 2,337 yards and 37 touchdowns in his senior year. He also finished his senior campaign on first-team all-state and was named the MVP of the district.

In addition to the Bethel University Academic and Athletic Scholarships, he also received scholarships from Shelby County Bass Anglers, W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial, Shelbyville Athletic Boosters Club and Deep East Texas Electric Co-op, Inc.