Four college students of Stephen F. Austin State University were involved in a fatal crash early Monday morning in Nacogdoches, killing three and critically injuring one.
According to police, 20-year-old student Chase Scruggs was driving east on Starr Avenue around 1:30 am with three passengers when his 2007 Dodge Charger went off the road, striking several trees on the way. The vehicle then caught fire and burned.
A second vehicle behind the Charger pulled up behind not long after, and someone called 911 at that time.
KXXV-TV reported that Scruggs, of Seabrook, along with two of his three passengers, Rajeen “Ray” Williams, 21, of Burleson, and Geena Zarick, 18, of Flower Mound, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The third passenger, Trent Haynes, 21, of Red Oak was taken to a local hospital under critical condition.
Police continue to investigate the cause of the crash.
The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):