A Harker Heights teenager involved in an early Saturday morning rollover crash died in the hospital as a result of his injuries.

Jacob Jones, 18, died Sunday morning at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, according to Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Carroll Smith.

Killeen police officers responded to a 911 call about a single-vehicle rollover crash about 3 a.m. Saturday. According to a news release, officers at the scene found two people lying in the roadway after being ejected from a vehicle and three other occupants inside a 2004 Land Rover Discovery.

The 14-year-old girl who was ejected remains at Scott & White Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

The 17-year-old and 14-year-old female passengers were transported to Fort Hood’s Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries. The 17-year-old driver was not injured in the crash.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved,” said Robert Muller, Killeen Independent School District superintendent, in a news release. “We express our deepest sympathies to them, and especially to the family of former student Jacob Jones.”

Smith said the crash occurred when the driver of the vehicle, occupied by five teenagers, failed to negotiate a curve in the 1400 block of Becker Drive. The vehicle left the roadway, hitting two mailboxes and overturning.

Smith said the names of the other victims are being withheld at this time. She said the crash is still under investigation, but speed was a contributing factor.

Contact Natalie Stewart at nstewart@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7555

(1) comment


This young man was a close friend of my son's. Our hearts are breaking because he was such a good kid. I have heard and read people blaming them for being out late, wondering where their parents were etc. Jacob was an 18 year old who died for one simply reason, HE DIDN"T TAKE 10 SECONDS TO BUCKLE HIS SEATBELT. I know by trying to blame it on other things it makes us feel like it could never happen to us, but it can and it does. Teach your kids to always buckle up. Don't leave the driveway until everyone is buckled up (yes, there might be some grumbling.) Finally, as adults we set the example, so we should always buckle up. It is against the law not to do so, but the simple, overriding fact is that seat belts save lives! My son grieves for his friend and former bandmate. I grieve for the goofy kid that used to walk into our house and head straight for the fridge. We all grieve over the simply decision not to use a seatbelt.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.