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Police: 3 SFA students die in wreck; alcohol was involved

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? Hunter Buck, Kamila Burgos-Carrillo, Patrick Fagan, and Kevin Garcia (courtesy SFA) ? Hunter Buck, Kamila Burgos-Carrillo, Patrick Fagan, and Kevin Garcia (courtesy SFA)
EAST TEXAS (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - An East Texas college is dealing with the aftermath of a weekend accident that left three students dead and another injured.

The three killed attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

Shirley Luna, executive director of public affairs and marketing for the school, said the feeling within the college community on Monday was different.

"Today was the first day of finals week, and every finals week (is) not a typical week in your semester," she said. "Finals week is always more somber and quiet than usual, but I would say this finals week is … more somber than most."

Texas Department of Public Safety Corporal Jesse Stewart said the wreck happened about 7:40 p.m. Saturday on Texas Highway 315, about three miles from Mount Enterprise.

He said a 2006 Ford Escape was driving southwest when it made a U-turn in front of an 18-wheeler and then started driving on the shoulder. The Ford Escape then made another U-turn, he said, and was hit by the 18-wheeler.

The driver of the Ford Escape, Kevin Garcia, 19, of Houston, was cut out of the vehicle by first responders, which took about 1 1/2 hours, Stewart said.

Garcia was flown to Mother Frances Hospital with multiple injuries, including a broken collarbone, a ruptured spleen and a lacerated liver. As of Monday afternoon, he was listed in serious condition.

The three passengers — Patrick Fagan, 18, of Missouri City, Kamila Burgos-Carrillo, 21, of Mexico, and Hunter Buck, 23, of Tulia — were pronounced dead at the scene.

Stewart said Garcia and Fagan were wearing seatbelts, but the other two passengers were not.

The driver of the 18-wheeler — Juan Garcia, 42, of Pharr — was not injured. Stewart said Juan Garcia is not related to Kevin Garcia.

He said authorities have determined alcohol was a factor in the crash based on a statement from Kevin Garcia and alcohol found at the scene. Charges are pending blood results and further investigation.

Stewart said Kevin Garcia could be charged with criminally negligent homicide, a state jail felony, or intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony.

Dr. Adam Peck, dean of student affairs at Stephen F. Austin, said the college will respond to information as it becomes available and "make the best decisions possible for the safety of the students."

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