Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 6, 2013

Two dead in violent collision

19-year-old Gun Barrel City area teen killed; Eustace teen in ICU

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — A car veered into the path of an oncoming vehicle in Gun Barrel City on Saturday morning, killing two teens and injuring another.

The deceased are Justine Dean Luper, 17, of Alvarado, and Tyler James McMillan, 19, of the Gun Barrel City area. Luper had been driving a 1998 Ford Mustang with McMillan as a passenger. 

The driver of a second vehicle, a 2005 Mustang, was Kaylan Wayne Jock of Eustace. Jock was in ICU at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler Monday with injuries that include numerous bone fractures.

According to Gun Barrel City Police Department reports, police learned of the wreck in the 700 block of East Main Street, at about 9:33 a.m. Officers Melanie Bird and Gabriel Shue responded to the call, with Bird first to arrive at the wreckage.

GBC Assistant Police Chief Larry Warrick said investigation at the scene indicates that Luper was eastbound on East Main when his vehicle ran off the roadway to the right, then traveled back onto the pavement, crossing into the oncoming lane and into the path of Jock’s 2005 Mustang. Jock’s Mustang T-boned the older-model car, slamming into the passenger side. Upon impact, both vehicles came to rest on the north side of the roadway.  The 1998 Mustang rolled over and was lying on its driver’s side after the impact.

Jock was trapped inside his vehicle, but was still alive. Gun Barrel City Fire Department rescue personnel extracted him from the wreckage and he was flown to the trauma center at East Texas Medical Center Tyler. Luper and McMillan were pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Dale Blaylock, who ordered autopsies on each of the victims.

Warrick said several members of the Gun Barrel City Fire Department responded to the scene to help extract the three victims from the vehicles, utilizing an extraction device cutting tool. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Joe Gomez assisted “tremendously with the wreck,” Warrick said.

Gun Barrel City Police Sgt. Richard Widener is the lead investigator of the wreck. Widener returned to the site on Monday to reconstruct the collision. Warrick said police are still trying to determine what caused Luper’s vehicle to veer out of control.