EVANT, Texas (KWTX) An Evant High School senior died Monday morning in a single-vehicle crash just about a quarter-mile from his Coryell County home.
Members of the Evant High School senior class whose lives have already been upended by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak are now also trying to deal with the death of a classmate.
“It is with a heavy heart that we ask for prayers for the Class of 2020 as they lost a classmate and friend this afternoon in an accident,” a post Monday on the Evant High School Facebook page said.
Jeffrey "Daily" Ward, 18, died when the vehicle he was driving left the roadway and crashed, Coryell County Chief Deputy Rob Adkins said.
Troopers from the Department of Public Safety worked the accident, which happened a little before noon Monday on U.S. Highway 84, about six miles west of Gatesville.
Investigators say Ward was alone in his vehicle.
Troopers believe Ward had left his parents’ house and was on his way to visit his girlfriend when the accident happened.
The cause is under investigation.
“There was no indication that there was any alcohol or anything like that involved,” Adkins said.
Ward, the grandson of Coryell County Auditor Ben Roberts, was scheduled to graduate on May 29 with the Evant Class of 2020.
The district’s Facebook page went on to say counselors will be available should any students need to talk with someone, but anyone coming in will be required to wear a face mask.
“Please continue to pray for the entire Elk family during this very difficult time,” the message concluded.
Funeral arrangements for Ward are pending.