The Kerrville community mourns after a fatal accident

The Kerrville community mourns after a fatal accident

The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver and three other passengers suffered injuries believed to be non-life-threatening.

KERRVILLE, Texas — A 15-year-old died Sunday after a car full of teens crashed into a tree in Kerrville, according to officials.

Kerrville police said the BMW was on the 200 block of Holdsworth Drive around 1:30 a.m. Sunday when the vehicle ran off the road, overturned and struck a tree.

“This is a tragic accident,” Kerrville Police Chief Chris McCall said in the aftermath. “It is always heartbreaking to see a young man’s life cut short. Our hearts go out to Aiden’s family and friends in their time of grief.”

Shelby Balcer is the Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Human Resources at Kerrville ISD. She personally knew some of the victims in the accident.

“It’s really hard for people to focus their thoughts on death,” Balcer said. “But dying young is a huge challenge for everyone. For every parent. It’s really every teacher’s worst nightmare.”

She is also one of several staff members who went to the hospital to check on the teens after the accident.

“You immediately feel this rush from everyone here. We’re going to figure this out together and we’re going to take steps forward to heal and grieve because we’ve lost a student,” she said.

Two 15-year-olds and a 14-year-old were transported to Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville where they were treated and released. The 19-year-old driver from Fredericksburg was airlifted to BAMC in San Antonio.

The fourth passenger, 15-year-old Aiden Elise Valdez, died at the scene.

No charges have been filed while the investigation continues.

Balser says some of the teens involved in the incident were students at Hal Peterson Middle School and Tevye High School.

“Obviously we’re getting calls from surrounding schools,” Balser said. “We ask what can we do?” How can we help?’ Because it is a close-knit community.”

As more details are revealed, Kerrville ISD staff are working to ensure the community has accurate information at this sensitive time.

“It even extends to contacting the parents of the friend group to make sure they are informed and that they are getting accurate information, especially in the day of social media, inaccurate information or rumours,” Balser said.

Aiden’s family has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for funeral expenses.

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