A high school student was killed in a two-vehicle collision in Buda Wednesday afternoon, Hays Consolidated Independent School District confirms.
Brynn Aylor, 16, a sophomore at Hays High and member of the softball team, was identified as the student killed. The Texas Department of Public Safety said Aylor died at the scene of the crash, which was in the 2600 block of Jack C Hays Trail. DPS said they were called to the scene around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
According to DPS, The sophomore was leaving school Wednesday, when another car tried to pass her in a no passing zone. She apparently lost control of her car, and spun into oncoming traffic.
Hays CISD said Heather and Norah Wartenburg were also injured in the crash, and authorities said both were taken to hospitals in serious condition. The district said Norah is a junior at Hays Hich School and Heather is "an active parent who is involved in many campus and district activities."
KVUE's Christy Millweard reports Norah will get out of the hospital on Thursday, while Heather still needs surgery.
"Please keep Brynn's family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time," a Hays CISD spokesperson said in a letter.
"The kids really loved her,” said Hays CISD director of counseling Charlotte Winklemann about Aylor.
Winklemann was one of the many grief counselors who were at Hays High School Thursday.
"They're in shock, a little bit of denial, I don't know that its really sunk in for the students, it will later,” said Winklemann.
She told KVUE several students stayed home from school Thursday, and others parents picked them up early.
Aylor was a right fielder on the school's softball team, and recently got her driver's license.
"The teachers loved, her, they had wonderful things to say about her,” said Winklemann.
“So many lives were impacted through this,” said Mary Halenza owns Lone Star Delights in Kyle. "I was just like okay I need to do something.”
Halenza is donating 20 percent of her sales over the next 2 weeks to the Wartenburg and Aylor families. You can also donate at the location.
"I would hope that if I'm the same situation someone would want to help me because there are very unexpected large expenses, for funerals and for care flight and for hospitals, this is nothing you prepare for,” said Halenza.
Students at Lehman high school wore Hays High School shirts Thursday in honor of Aylor.
You can find memorial information here.
The family plans to hold a visitation March 25 from 4:00 to 8:00pm at the Harrell Funeral Home of Kyle. The memorial service will be March 26th at 3pm at the Hays Hills Baptist Church.
Troopers are still investigating the crash.