Four Texas high school students die in grinding highway crash

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LAVON, Texas (KWTX) Counselors were available Wednesday at Community High School in the small Collin County town of Nevada after four teenage students died in a grinding highway crash Tuesday evening on State Highway 78 in Lavon east of Plano.

The four teens, two girls and two boys, were riding in a pickup truck that crossed the center median and plowed into a van. (CNN VAN photo)

Marilyn Dominguez, 16, Jordan Kidd, 17, Secily Lackey, 16 and Andrew Miller, 17, were riding in a pickup truck that crossed the center median and plowed into a van.

All four died.

The three people riding in the van were taken to a hospital with what authorities said were non-life-threatening injuries.

Students and staff in some neighboring districts planned to wear blue Thursday to show their support for the Community ISD.

“We would like to show them how much we appreciate their support and how much we love our #CommUNITY. Every Brave can wear a blue shirt with blue jeans on Thursday 11/7,” the district said in the post.

Before a memorial ceremony Wednesday evening in the school’s stadium, Community ISD Superintendent, Roosevelt Nivens, told reporters the deaths hit the district hard.

“Everyone is struggling with this, because it’s not natural. It’s not natural,” Nivens told the Dallas Morning News.

“You’re not supposed to have four people, four young people, who go to school that day and then don’t make it home that night. It’s not supposed to happen.”

The district earlier issued a statement in which it said, “We were devastated to learn of a tragic car accident involving multiple students from Community ISD. We are grateful to the first responders on the scene. As they continue to investigate CISD will refrain from making any additional comment out of respect for the families. Our thoughts and prayers are with these families and with the entire Brave Nation as we grieve together. Counselors will be available to help support students and staff first thing in the morning.”