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Four killed in car accident after football game

Sunday, September 7, 2003

TATUM, Texas (AP) - Four people were killed when their vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by the brother of one of the victims shortly after a high school football game.

Students went to the Tatum High School campus on Saturday with wreaths to remember the four friends who died in the accident about 11 p.m. Friday.

Kasey Jo Moraw, 20; Jaicey Robberson, 16; Rachel Reid, 15; and McKinsey Blalock, 14, all of Tatum, were pronounced dead at the scene by Bonnie Miller, a Rusk County justice of the peace.

David Reid, 18, who graduated from Tatum High School last spring, was driving north on Texas Highway 149 when Robberson and her passengers pulled out of a private drive headed south, according to a Department of Public Safety report by Trooper Toby White.

The report indicates Reid was in the inside lane and veered to the outside lane as Robberson pulled out of the private drive, just two miles north of Tatum, a town of about 1,175.

White said the front-seat passenger in Robberson's vehicle was ejected, but the other three teens were trapped in the car as it caught fire.

High School Principal Debbie Maxey said Saturday that the tragedy that struck her school district and the community was unimaginable.

Rachel Reid and Robberson were cheerleaders who had just been at Friday's football game with Spring Hill.

Both girls, along with Blalock, were on Tatum High School's cross country team and were supposed to compete Saturday. All three teens were honor students, Maxey said.

"This is just a tragedy," she said.

"All four of these girls were very outgoing and this is a loss. This (Tatum) is such a close-knit school district and community and to lose just one is tragic, but to lose four at once is more than we could have imagined," she told the Tyler Morning Telegraph for its Sunday editions.

David Reid remained in serious condition Saturday at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. DPS officials said an investigation is ongoing.

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