Two East Texas teens are dead after a car accident, Tuesday night.
According to Trooper Sylvia Jennings with the Texarkana Department of Public Safety, Collin Williams 17, of Deberry and Madison Nlemtschk, 17, of Carthage, were driving down Farm to Market Road 123 in Panola County around 8:50 p.m., when their truck hydro-planed, left the roadway and struck a tree.
Williams was pronounced dead at the scene, around 9:26 p.m., by Panola County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Lora Taylor.
Jennings tells KMSS Nlemtschk was life-flighted to a Shreveport hospital where she succumbed to her injuries around 2:00 p.m., Wednesday.
The Carthage High School Students were not wearing their seatbelts when the crash occurred, said Jennings.
According to Teen Driver Source, 58 percent of teen drivers killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt in 2011, an increase from 56 percent in 2008. Teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use of any age group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many deaths and injuries to teens in crashes could have been prevented just by buckling up. Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50 percent.
KMSS encourages all drivers and passengers to buckle up, no matter how short the trip.