Mount Pleasant coach remembered on 'Black and Gold Day'
MOUNT PLEASANT, TX (KLTV) - DPS is wrapping up the crash investigation for the fatal wreck involving a Mount Pleasant ISD school bus. Two people were killed in the Thursday night wreck.
The deaths were in two other vehicles, an 18-wheeler and a car.
DPS tells us an autopsy will be performed on Bradley Ray Farmer, the driver of the 18 wheeler. They say the autopsy will be able to reveal whether farmer had a medical issue, or perhaps a substance in his system at the time of crash.
DPS also says, if there is no indication of a substance in the body, or a medical issue, they may never know what caused the crash. A DPS spokesperson also tells us they don't believe there were any cameras on board Farmer's 18 wheeler.
The other driver killed was 30-year-old Angelica Beard, a coach and a teacher.
"We just have to rally around them and make sure we give them all the love that they need."
While walking on the track, Frances Corprew Elementary School Principal Estelle Deloney, as well as Counselor Sarah Long, are trying to figure out how to comfort those around them.
"She had all of our students, kindergarten through fourth grade, every day. She impacted over four hundred students," says Long.
Beard was a PE teacher at Frances Corprew Elementary, and a coach for the girls track team at Mount Pleasant High School.
"There's not a student on this campus who couldn't give away that she made them smile," says Long.
Beard had a heart for her kids, and also for the track.
"We know that she ran hurdles, we don't know what else she did, but we know that was one of her areas of expertise," says Estelle Deloney.
Beard's aunt, Glenda Clark, tells us there is one thing that really stood out.
"Her smile just lit up the room any time you were just around her. She was just a blessing. She was my baby," says Clarke.
Superintendent Judd Marshall says this day has been declared Black and Gold Day to support a district that's hurting, and to remember Coach Beard.
"Lot of people wearing black and gold. We're just truly touched by the outpouring of love that we've received," says Marshall.
While the crash site is mostly cleared out, the memories will still remain, but Superintendent Marshall says he's not going to let the wreck define them.
"Correct, we don't. Tragedy, it happens. We're going to go on and we don't want this to define us," says Marshall.
Part of that process was releasing black and gold balloons in the air at the elementary school…up to Coach Beard. It's a gesture to help them come together like she would've wanted.
"It's not like you lost a staff member; you lost a family member," says Deloney.
Beard's services will be open to the public, and her visitation will be Thursday evening from 4-7 at the First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant. Her funeral will be Friday morning at 10 at the same location.
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