MARSHALL, TX (KSLA) - Two teenagers are dead and two others are injured after an overnight crash in south Marshall.
The incident happened just after 1:00 a.m. on SH-43 in Harrison County.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the driver of a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria, 18-year-old Latavion Jackson, was driving north at an unsafe speed on the wet roadway.
The vehicle then hydroplaned and traveled off the roadway where it struck a tree with its back right.
Jackson was transported to a Shreveport hospital in serious condition.
One of the passengers, 17-year-old Derrick Bennet, was transported to a Marshall hospital in critical condition, but later died.
A 16-year-old, who has not been identified by authorities, was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Clarice Watkins.
The last passenger, another 16-year-old that also has not been identified by authorities, was transported to a Marshall hospital and is in stable condition.
A family friend, Edward McFarland, visited the crash site to pay his respects to the two students who lost their lives.
“Derrick was like a nephew of mine,” McFarland says. “I’m really at a loss of words, and they will be really missed.”
According to reports, none of the four passengers were wearing seat belts during the time of the accident.