ROBSTOWN, TX (03/20/2016) — Three teenagers returning from Spring Break—Jade Robinson, Brianna Robinson, and Brittanie Johnson—were killed in an 18-wheeler accident on Sunday afternoon.
Authorities have identified three teens killed in a wrong way accident that occurred along Highway 77 near County Road 73 in Robstown, Texas:
- 17-year-old Jade Robinson
- 19-year-old Brianna Robinson
- 18-year-old Brittanie Johnson.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported that at around 2:00 p.m., 18-year-old Shelby Coleman was traveling westbound in a 2013 Hyundai Elantra when she began to veer to the left, toward oncoming traffic.
Reports say Coleman attempted to regain control, but over-corrected and drove into the eastbound lanes of Highway 77. The Elantra then collided with an 18-wheeler.
Sisters Jade and Brianna Robinson, who were the two rear passengers in the Elantra, both died at the scene.
Coleman and Brittanie Johnson (the front seat passenger) were both taken to Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas in critical condition. Brittanie later lost her life at the hospital. Coleman, the lone survivor of the wreck, is currently listed in stable condition.
Houston ISD released the following statement to send their condolences to the families of the girls involved in the accident:
“This is an incredibly sad day for Bellaire and Lamar high schools. We extend our support and sympathy to the families and friends of these students, as well as to both school communities and the district, as a whole. Counselors are at Bellaire and Lamar today to provide support to students and staff. Please keep them in your thoughts.”
Although we do not know what caused the driver to lose control and veer into oncoming traffic, we would like to take this time to express our condolences to the families involved. No family should have to go through such a tragedy, and we hope that a full investigation provides a better understanding of what exactly caused this unfortunate accident.