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April 12, 2013

UPDATE: Teen killed in crash was PN-G student

ORANGE — A 16-year-old girl killed in a head-on collision Thursday afternoon in Orange was a student at Port Neches-Groves High School and was enrolled in the work study program and worked half a day at Market Basket.

Blair Nichole Ray died Thursday after her car struck another car head-on at noon Thursday on FM 1078 at Bancroft Road in Orange. She was the daughter of Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Tom Ray. Area law enforcement agencies gave statements of support to Ray for his loss.

The Groves Police Department sent this statement in regards to the death of Blair Ray:

"The Groves Police Department would like to express our sincere condolences to the Ray family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great sadness. Please take comfort in knowing that your extended law enforcement family grieves with you."

According to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Ray, a resident of Orange, was traveling south on FM 1078 in a 2006 Ford Mustang. The DPS report stated Ray’s vehicle crossed the center line of the roadway and struck a 2011 Mercedes traveling northbound on FM 1078 head-on.

Ray died at the scene of the crash. The driver of the other vehicle was Orange resident Debra Jefferson. Jefferson was transported to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital with unspecified injuries and is reported to be in stable condition.

Both Ray and Jefferson were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, according to the report.

The wreck remains under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

PREVIOUS REPORTING:

A 16-year-old girl was killed in a head-on collision Thursday.

Blair Nichole Ray, 16, died  after her car struck another car head-on at noon, Thursday, on FM 1078 at Bancroft Road in Orange.

According to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Ray, a resident of Orange, was traveling south on FM 1078 in a 2006 Ford Mustang. The DPS report stated Ray’s vehicle crossed the center line of the roadway and struck a 2011 Mercedes traveling northbound on FM 1078 head-on.

Ray died at the scene of the crash. The driver of the other vehicle was Orange resident Debra Jefferson. Jefferson was transported to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital with unspecified injuries and is reported to be in stable condition.

Both Ray and Jefferson were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, according to the report.

The wreck remains under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

 

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