NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Friends of a SFA student killed in a Wednesday night wreck are trying to deal with the tragic loss.
Kolton Wayne Culberson, 23, died at the scene, on State Highway 7 East near FM 2713.
Trooper John Henley said Culberson was driving a Ford Fiesta westbound on Highway 7 around 6:30 p.m. when a Ford Explorer, driven by Jesus Martin Lozao, of Nacogdoches, turned in front of him. Culberson drove into the eastbound lane to avoid hitting Lozao and hit an 18-wheeler, driven by Terry Lynne Byram, of Maud, head-on.
Neither Lozao nor Byram were injured. Culberson was wearing a seatbelt.
According to his Facebook page, Culberson was a sales associate for AT&T.
Students in the theater department say the death hits close to home.
"If there is one thing this department does well it's that they can stick through anything," said SFA student Kaiti Turney.
Several students have started a kickstarter campaign to help with several expenses including finishing off paying for the engagement ring of Creath.
"You can't do anything but say, 'I'm sorry,' but this is something we can do to say you were suppose to be together, let's keep it that way," said Turney.
Students hope that other people will learn from the tragic accident.
"You have to be aware of your surroundings. I don't care if you're the most perfect driver in the world. If some isn't doing their job, you are in just as much danger," said SFA student Sloan Frierson.
Professor Scott Shattuck, the director of Godpsell said that Culberson's fiancee, Mary Creath, is in the play's cast.
"Unfortunately, we simply cannot do tonight's performance under the circumstances," Shattuck said. "Dr. Jones will spend to day re-grouping to try to have a show (without Mary) ready to open [Friday night]."
Shattuck said he has asked the SFA Theater Department's ticket office to provide ticket-holders with seats for Friday night's show or another performance of their choice.
Anyone wanting to help out with exspenses for Culberson can visit the donation page.