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.