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Community Mourns for Hurt Teenager Killed in Tragic Collision

Residents of Hurt, Texas are mourning the death of a local teenager who was fatally injured in a car crash Saturday as her and her boyfriend were returning home from a dinner date.

About the Tragic Collision

According to the Daily Mail, 17-year-old Tabatha Romaker was fatally injured when the vehicle she was traveling in lost control and was struck at an intersection. The driver of the vehicle, Frankie Santos, also 17, is listed in critical condition at the Medical Center for Arlington, Texas.

The fatal collision occurred around 9:45 pm as Romaker and Santos returned from a dinner date. Preliminary reports indicate Santos’ vehicle began hydroplaning before spinning out of control. The vehicle came to rest in the center of an intersection where it was t-boned by another vehicle.

Romaker was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries where she underwent emergency surgery. She survived the surgery but suffered blood loss and passed away around 4 am Sunday.

Romaker had spent the day with her mother, shopping and preparing for her upcoming prom.

The drive of the other vehicle was also transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

  • According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), 3,531 people were killed in traffic collisions in Texas in 2015. This marks little improvement over the 3.536 deaths reported in 2014.
  • Of the traffic-related deaths recorded in 2015, 807 were attributed to crashes that occurred at or in relation to an intersection.
  • An additional 246,335 people were injured in Texas traffic accidents in 2015. 17,011 people suffered serious injuries.
  • Based on reportable crash data for 2015, TxDOT estimated:
    • A person was killed in a traffic accident in Texas every 2 hours and 29 minutes.
    • A person was injured every 2 minutes and 8 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds.



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