Cedar Hill HS student killed in I-20 wreck; classmate seriously hurt



Posted on May 20, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Updated Sunday, May 20 at 11:19 PM

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GRAND PRAIRIE — A Cedar Hill High School student was killed and another was critically injured early Sunday morning when their car ran off Interstate 20 and crashed into a creek. Investigators said alcohol use is believed to be a factor.

Police spokesman Sgt. Eric Hansen said the 1994 Lexus sedan was traveling west on the freeway when it drifted over to a shoulder and then down a grassy embankment just west of Carrier Parkway.

The car went airborne and crashed into Fish Creek.

DeSoto resident Cornelius Towns, 18, had been sitting in the back seat. He was ejected from the vehicle by the impact of the crash. Towns was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas where he was pronounced dead.

Eighteen-year-old Darkori Jovaughn Murphy of Grand Prairie, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, was said to be in critical condition at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

The driver, Evan Thomas Williams, 19, of Cedar Hill, was able to pull Murphy from the wreckage and flag down a passing motorist for help.

Towns and Murphy are seniors at Cedar Hill High School, where the district said counselors will be available for classmates on Monday morning.

Sgt. Hansen said investigators will review toxicology reports to determine if any charges will be filed against the driver.