Trophy Club high school student killed in crash

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on April 15, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 16 at 10:49 AM

TROPHY CLUB — Nearly two dozen counselors are on hand at Byron Nelson High School this morning to help students and staff grieving the death of a student who was killed in a crash over the weekend.

Hundreds of people attended a memorial Sunday night to honor Josh Hernandez.

Hernandez and his twin brother Jesse, of Roanoke, were on their way home from a girls' regional soccer game in Wichita Falls Saturday night when when they were involved in a one-car accident on U.S. 287 in Alvord.

Josh, 18, died at the hospital; Jesse was injured but was treated and released.  Jesse and his family attended the vigil at the Byron Nelson High School gymnasium. 

"I held him in the car during the accident," Jesse said.  "He was fighting for his life."

Both were varsity basketball players at Nelson High, which is in the Northwest Independent School District. 

Friends told News 8 they will miss Josh's spirit at school. He was caring, kind, and always had a smile. 

They also plan to support Jesse as he deals with his loss.

"He [Josh] was a great kid.  He's a class act," said friend Andrew Mitchell.  "I've known him since 6th grade, for seven years now, so it's hard saying goodbye."

Northwest ISD offered thanks to Birdville High School Principal Jason Wells, who stopped minutes after the crash and waited with the Hernandez brothers until paramedics arrived.

Twenty-two counselors will be at Byron Nelson High School on Monday morning to offer help to students and faculty members.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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