MANSFIELD - For the second time in less than one week, grief counselors are spending the day at Mansfield Timberview High School.
Just days after losing their beloved coach, 29-year-old Cody McCarty, students and staff are dealing with a deadly car crash involving four fellow students. Carlos Marquez Jr., whose 16th birthday would have been Monday, was killed in the crash on Highway 360 in Grand Prairie.
Instead of celebrating, Carlos Marquez Sr. spent some of his son's birthday at the site of the crash, where fellow students and loved ones left flowers, Teddy bears, notes and other mementos.
Police said Kimberly Pimentel, 17, lost control of her car and slammed into a tree in the median while trying to pass another car at a high speed. Marquez, a passenger in the back seat, died instantly.
Isaiah Rodriguez, 16, was ejected from the car and rushed to the hospital in critical but stable condition. Flor De Luna Flores, 15, was a passenger in the front seat, and is now hospitalized in stable condition.
Marquez Sr. said his son had called home asking to go out to a restaurant Saturday night to celebrate after their high school production of "The American Click."
Grief counselors were at the high school Monday helping those in need.
Emily Reyna said students are planning a vigil for Tuesday.
Mansfield school officials said all four students in the crash were part of the fall theater production "The American Click." Due to the impact of the crash on the school's theater department, Monday night's performance was canceled.