Three students from Dallas Baptist University were killed in a car accident early Saturday after the driver of their vehicle swerved off the road and struck a utility pole on a Texas highway.
Police said a 2009 Chevy Silverado was heading south on the Mountain Creek Parkway at about 3 a.m. when the driver of the struck hit the pole. Authorities said the truck hit a piece of equipment that was meant to be installed by Mountain Creek Lake and then flew into the pole.
Police said the driver and both passengers died at the scene of the accident, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Dallas Baptist University identified the students as Will Smith, of Bullard, Justin Schubert, of Cleburne, and Djordje Sarenac, of Belgrade, Serbia. The school said in a statement that the administration was reaching out to the families and friends of the students.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the families of these students as our University mourns this heartbreaking loss,” the statement said. “DBU will be holding a memorial service Sunday evening at 9:00 p.m. in the Pilgrim Chapel. We have grief counselors available for the campus community.”
The Schubert family told WFAA-TV that their son was a sophomore at Dallas Baptist and was studying communications.
“He had lots of aspirations of being an actor,” said his father Russ Schubert. “He was quite a character. Very funny. He had such a great personality about him. He was just a really fine young man.”
According to WFAA-TV, it’s the second loss the Schubert has had to suffer. Another son died when he was three years old after battling a brain tumor.