Joaquin coach dies in car wreck

Joaquin ISD yearbook photo.
Joaquin ISD yearbook photo.
Joaquin ISD yearbook photo.
Joaquin ISD yearbook photo.

JOAQUIN, TX (KTRE) - A man who coached and taught for Joaquin ISD died Wednesday night in a wreck, school officials confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Scott Owens, 48, was the head girls basketball coach and a junior high science teacher.

He was not married and had no children. He was employed with JISD for six years.

"The students, staff and Board of Trustees of Joaquin Independent School District are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Scott Owens' passing," stated Superintendent Phil Worsham, through a news release. "His presence will be greatly missed by the school and community.  He was liked and well respected by all those who knew him and the students who he taught and coached have been touched profoundly by this tragedy."

Owens was raised in the Joaquin community by his parents, who were both educators with Joaquin ISD.

According to the DPS report, Owens was driving his 2007 Honda Civic on State Highway 149, northwest of FM 124, at 1:21 a.m. when he crossed over into the northbound lane and struck a 2003 GMC Yukon head-on.

Owens was pronounced dead at 3 a.m. at a Longview hospital.

Injured in the other vehicle were the driver, Paula Diaz, 46, of Tatum, who is in critical condition at a Tyler hospital; her husband, Carmen Diaz, 52, who is in good condition in a Carthage hospital; and Adella Ortiz, 52, who is in critical condition at a Tyler hospital.

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