Two college students were killed after being hit head-on by a suspected drunk driver on Sunday.
One of the victims, Clyde Thompson, previously survived being hit by a drunk driver two years ago.
“To be killed by exactly what you survived … it hurts,” Thompson’s mother told local media.
A 19-year-old college student was killed by a suspected drunk driver over the weekend after he survived being hit in a separate DUI incident just two years ago, according to Texas authorities and local media.
Clyde Thompson and 19-year-old Tonysha Lashay Smith were killed Sunday after the Nissan Altima they were driving was hit head-on by a Chevrolet truck in Beaumont, Texas, the Beaumont Police Department said in a Press release.
The driver of the truck, which was hospitalized, is now charged, according to authorities, who said “alcohol is thought to be a contributing factor.” Port Arthur News identified 22-year-old Antonio DeJesus Delgado as the driver.
Both Thompson and Smith were students at Lamar University, the college confirmed KBMT News, and the business reported that Thompson’s twin sister lived in the dormitory with Smith. University Student State Association in a announcement said Thompson was majoring in kinesiology and Smith was an aspiring nurse.
The two friends were reportedly on their way back to campus after a late night search for food when the crash happened.
Sunday’s tragedy is compounded by an incident in 2019 in which Thompson and a friend were hit by a drunk driver while walking home from a late night basketball practice, according to KHOU. Thompson was placed in a coma after suffering massive damage to his brain, which required four surgeries, the business reported.
Doctors reportedly gave him less than a 50% chance of survival. But Thompson recovered, calling his return to high school his final year “a miracle” at the time.
Thompson’s mother, Tamala Johnson, said her son’s death was “just unreal.”
“To be killed by exactly what you survived … it hurts,” Tamala Johnson told KHOU.
“He was robbed the first time, and this time he was completely robbed. Nineteen, bright future; he knew what he wanted,” she told KBMT.
In a GoFundMe, Thompson’s sister called her brother a “dedicated son, brother, college student and athlete.”
“My heart is more than evil. Never in a million years did my family and I expect my brother to fall victim to a drunk driver again,” she wrote.
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