GREENVILLE – Four people were killed and two injured in a wrong-way crash early in the morning on Friday, August 7, 2015.
Five teenagers visiting from Virginia were en route to a gaming convention in Austin when their SUV collided head-on with a srong-way driver. An 18-wheeler behind the teens was unable to stop in time and hit both cars, causing them to erupt into flames.
It was reported that the SUV burned so hot, the frame melted. The only sign of the accident Friday afternoon as the scorched grass along the grassy median, where the SUV caught fire.
Dale Neibaur, 19, Holly Novak, 18, and Kyle Mather, 19, were killed in the crash. Hannah Galbraith, 18, was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital by helicopter where she remains in critical condition; Kevin DiCicco, 19, was originally taken to a Hunt County Hospital, but he was later transferred to Parkland after being alert and talking.
The wrong-way driver was identified as Kenneth G. Frazier, 78, of Royce City, Texas. Frazier and his dog were also killed in the collision. Frazier’s friend and housekeeper, Shanna McChristian, stated that the reason Frazier was out driving was to pay for his electricity bill, his headstrong nature preventing him from listening to her cautions of driving in the early morning. McChristian believes that the 78-year-old got confused, and that’s how he ended up on the wrong side of the road. However, investigators are unsure just how Frazier ended up going the wrong way due to a concrete barrier that separates the westbound and eastbound lanes.
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