The weekend crash of a La Vernia High School couple on State Highway 123 was likely due to fatigue, according to DPS Trooper Brittani Weimer.
“Before you get on the road, be sure you have enough sleep for your journey,” Weimer said.
She said 16-year-old Kimberly Jacob was asleep in the back seat of a Dodge pickup driven by her boyfriend, 17-year-old Elliott Renshaw.
Weimer said the driver veered off State Highway 123 in rural Karnes County about 5 a.m. Saturday on his way to drop off a loaded cattle trailer in La Vernia.
Weimer said Jacob was killed after the passenger side of the truck slammed into an oak tree.
She said the truck also landed on its passenger side.
University Hospital reports Renshaw is now in stable condition.
Jacob’s viewing was held Monday at the Finch Funeral Home in LaVernia where the funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, followed by her burial.
“We certainly express our condolences to her family,” said Dr. Thomas Harvey, La Vernia ISD superintendent.
Harvey said the La Vernia High School student body is having a hard time coming to grips with the crash, barely six weeks into the new school year.
“I’m very thankful for the professional staff we have, the teachers, the counselors that care about these children that are helping them through this very difficult time," he said.
He said Jacob was a good athlete, having played on the JV basketball team, and she regularly helped the school’s athletic trainers.
The superintendent called Jacob “a vibrant part of our student body.”
“She will be deeply missed,” he said.