BUFFALO, TX (KLTV) - DPS says a driver was texting when he slammed into an 18-wheeler stalled in the road. His passenger, and also his fiance, was killed.
Authorities say it happened Tuesday about 1:30 a.m. along Highway 79 south in Buffalo, in Leon County.
Kerina Bundy of Chandler was just 20 years old. Friends say she leaves behind a one year old and her fiance, Shadoe Martin.
Troopers say Martin, a contract mail carrier, was driving Bundy in his pickup truck Tuesday morning. But DPS says an 18-wheeler was stalled in the middle of the road. Martin, crashed into it, telling troopers at the scene he was texting and did not see it. However, Kerina's family members say Martin may have been reaching in the back seat for her cell phone.
Either way, friends say it is a beautiful life lost and should serve as a reminder for everyone to keep focused on the road at all times.
"We encourage people to pay attention," said trooper Jeanne Dark. "Put your cell phones down, try to limit the number of distractions in your vehicle."
Unfortunately, Trooper Dark sees accident reports like this often.
"I would say that probably 90% of the fatal crashes that I do see, has something to do with distracted driving," said Trooper Dark.
Friends say Kerina was full of life, very outgoing with a smile that could light up a room. Facebook is exploding with condolences and prayers for the Bundy family and also for Martin, who was treated for non-life threatening injuries but must now go on without her.
If you would like to help the family, a tragedy fund has been set up at all Citizens Bank locations under Kerina Bundy's name.