NEW MUGS JUST ADDED 02/04/13! Check out the mug shots of East Texas' most wanted criminals!More >>
East Texans have created a memorial at the front door of Sal's Pizza Cafe in Henderson to commemorate the two teenage girls killed in a car accident late Sunday night. More >>
RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -
Authorities have identified the victims killed in an accident three miles north of Henderson on Highway 259 around 10 p.m. on Sunday.
According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Jean Dark, Liradone Bojkaj, 14, and Mergimtare Bojkaj, 17, were killed when the Honda SUV they were riding in overturned.
The Rusk County Sheriff's Office says the vehicle swerved to miss an object in the road. The driver, 33-year-old Hava Shala lost control of the vehicle, which then flipped.
Liradone was partially ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was taken to Rader Funeral Home in Henderson. Mergimtare was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where she died.
Hava was hospitalized along with Bennie Shala, 37, who was also in the front seat. A fifth passenger, 19-year-old Murteza Bojkaj, was in the back seat with his sisters when the accident occurred. Murteza is at a Tyler hospital. Bennie and Hava were taken to a hospital in Henderson.
Murteza was in good condition as of Monday afternoon.
Liradona and Mergimtare were both involved in athletics at Kilgore ISD. Mergimtare was on the track team at Kilgore High School. Her younger sister, Liradona, was a member of the Maude Laird Middle School tennis team.
There are grief counselors at both campuses today.
The bodies of the victims have been transported to Rahama Funeral Home in Dallas.
Monday, June 17 2013 11:41 AM EDT2013-06-17 15:41:16 GMT
An accident on Highway 271 in front of the University of Texas Health Science Center has blocked one lane of traffic. Two vehicles are involved in the wreck, one of which rolled over. A southbound laneMore >>
An accident on Highway 271 in front of the University of Texas Health Science Center has blocked one lane of traffic.More >>
Sunday, June 16 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-06-17 02:39:53 GMT
Hundreds of animals were killed when a fast-moving fire ripped through an exotic pet business in Kilgore on Saturday. The fire started just after 1 p.m. at a property in the 300 block of Harris St. FlamesMore >>
The fire started just after 1 p.m. at a property in the 300 block of Harris St. Flames were seen shooting from a structure that held hundreds of exotic animals and pets.More >>
Sunday, June 16 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-06-17 02:39:29 GMT
A morning collision killed a 22-year old East Texas man. DPS troopers tell us 22-year old Mario Aguilar of Henderson veered into oncoming traffic, when his vehicle collided with a pickup truck on highwayMore >>
A morning collision killed a 22-year old East Texas man.More >>
Sunday, June 16 2013 8:57 PM EDT2013-06-17 00:57:59 GMT
From the Smith County Sheriff Department: After a five-mile, high-speed chase that began in Whitehouse and included an attempt to strike a Smith County Sheriff's Office Patrol Sergeant with a vehicle,More >>
After a five-mile, high-speed chase that began in Whitehouse and included an attempt to strike a Smith County Sheriff's Office Patrol Sergeant with a vehicle, a man and a woman are both in custody.More >>