MARLIN, Texas Baylor University confirmed Tuesday night that all four people involved in a fatal crash in Falls County Tuesday morning are from North Texas, and all had links to the school in Waco.
The Department of Public Safety said the crash involving a 2003 Dodge pickup truck happened on Highway 7 around 9:30 a.m. about five miles west of Kosse, killing two of the young people and injuring two others.
John Patrick 'Jack' Stewart, a junior instrumental studies major from Dallas was killed, along with Laura Onwudinanti of Grand Prairie, a School of Music graduate in May.
Fort Worth residents Jacob 'Jake' Travis Hale, a 21-year-old senior instrumental music major and Megan Taylor Ritzi, 18, an incoming Baylor freshman, were injured in the crash.
Ritzi was last reported to be in very critical condition at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple; Hale, who was driving the truck, was in fair condition Tuesday night.
'The hearts of the Baylor University family and our School of Music are broken today as we mourn the passing of these remarkably talented students who have been taken too soon from us,' Baylor president and chancellor Ken Starr said in a written statement. 'We pray that God's grace and comfort will surround the families and friends of Jack Stewart and Laura Onwudinanti at this terribly sad hour.'
Investigators still aren't sure what caused the crash, but say the driver went off the right side of the road while traveling eastbound. He over-corrected and crossed through the westbound ditch on the side of the highway, where the truck hit a tree.
All four people in the vehicle were wearing seat belts.
'We continue to labor in prayer for Jake Hale and Megan Ritzi, and for their attending physicians, as they are treated for their injuries,' the statement from Starr said. 'We ask the Baylor family to keep all loved ones and friends, and our School of Music faculty, staff and students, in their thoughts and prayers.'