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Houston High student killed in early Monday morning wreck

By Lori Brown and Jamel Major

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Two Houston High School students were involved in a deadly traffic crash Monday morning while on their way to school.

According to investigators, the teenagers were going east on Walnut Grove about a mile west of North Houston Levee Road just before 7:00 a.m. Their vehicle, a 2000 Chevy Camaro, had just passed a car on the two-lane road when the driver of the vehicle lost control and skidded into the opposing lane of traffic.

The Camaro was hit on the passenger side by a 2005 Land Rover.

Investigators said the passenger in the Camaro, 18-year-old Shantwan Jackson died at the scene. The driver, 17-year-old Tyler Anderson was taken by helicopter to The MED in critical condition.

The driver of the SUV, 38-year-old Kimberly Smith was taken to Baptist Hospital in stable condition.

Monday morning's car crash sent shock waves through Houston High School.

"Everybody is talking about it. Everybody was said, just trying to hear what was happening," said student Roberto Padilla.

Eddie Williams said he couldn't believe Jackson had died.

"When I heard his name my heart just dropped. It's sad, he said.

Anderson, a senior basketball player, remained in the hospital Monday night.

Meanwhile, students tried to cope with what they called a tragic and unfortunate accident.

"Try not to think about it, but always have them in your heart," Williams said.

Deputies say speed was a factor in the crash, but everyone involved in the wreck was wearing a seatbelt.

Investigators said there was no evidence of alcohol use.

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