Teenager Injured In Rollover Dies At Local Hospital

KILLEEN (March 10, 2014) One of the four teenagers injured in an early morning rollover Saturday in Killeen has died, police said Monday.

Jacob Jones, 18, died Sunday at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

He and a 14-year-old girl were thrown from the 2004 Land Rover Discovery in which they and three other teenagers were riding.

The girl was in critical condition Monday at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple.

Two other girls, ages 14 and 17, were taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said Monday.

The 17-year-old driver wasn’t injured.

The accident happened just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of John Road and Becker Drive.

Officers determined that the Land Rover was northbound on Becker when the driver failed to negotiate a curve, police said.

The Land Rover left the road, hit two mailboxes and overturned, ejecting the two teenagers.

It came to rest on its wheels in the intersection of John and Becker.

Jones was taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple and the critically injured 14-year-old girl was taken first to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and then was transferred to Scott and White.

Jones was a former Killeen ISD student.

Killeen Superintendent Robert Muller issued a brief statement Monday in which he said, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved in the recent car accident. We express our deepest sympathies to them, and especially to the family of former student Jacob Jones.”

Investigators Monday were asking anyone with information about the crash or events leading up to it to call Officer Potvin at (254) 501-8818.

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