Single Car Rollover Kills Local Teen

One of four teens in a car crash in Hopkins County died Tuesday morning in a Tyler hospital. The other three were sent to area hospitals Monday afternoon.

It happened on FM 900 just South of the town of Saltillo. The shell of the 1996 silver Ford Thunderbird sits in a used can in a lot in near by Sulphur Springs. The car's frame has been twisted and mangled. All the windows were shattered. On Monday afternoon, all four teens were inside just before the wreck.

16 year olds Amanda Collins, Krystal Fulmer, and Jesse Tully and 15 year old Marty Wells were all thrown from the car as it flipped over. Tuesday afternoon, at the site of the crash, friends and family came to remember Jesse. They placed flowers and a cross on the side of the road. Other wrecks have happened on this sharp "S" curve before, but this one is making teens around Saltillo like Joel Williams rethink they way they drive. "Every day, I try to see how fast I could take that curve, and I always drove pretty fast. And my mom, she told me all the time, even the best swimmers drown. I think I can drive pretty good, but yo

Tragedies like this seem to hit smaller schools much harder than larger schools. Saltillo High School has only 16 people in Jesse's class. Most of them have known each other since infancy. Principal Carol Henderson says classes today turned into impromptu counseling sessions. The lessons learned go far beyond the usual curriculum. "They'll learn, they'll grow, they'll move forward. And maybe, they'll all slow down a little bit

The spot in the fence where the Thunderbird crashed through Monday was mended by Tuesday morning. It will take much longer for the pain of Jesse's loss to heal in Saltillo.

The other passengers in the car are recovering. Marty Wells was released from Hopkins Memorial Hospital. The driver of the car, Amanda Collins, will be released from Hopkins Memorial Tuesday night. And Krystal Fulmer is in stable condition at ETMC Tyler.