SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 19-year-old firefighter with the Timpson Volunteer Fire Department and a Spring man died in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 59 near the Panola and Shelby county line Monday night. Two other people were injured in the accident.
According to a Texas Department of Public Safety accident report, a 2003 Ford F-150 driven by Jackie Randall Price was driving northbound in one of the southbound lanes on Highway 59 when he struck a Toyota Solara driven Jordan LeBlanc, of Center, head-on.
The force of the impact spun the Solara into another southbound lane, where it was T-boned by a Toyota Camry drive by Crystal McClendon of Bastrop, Louisiana. LaToya McClinton was a passenger in the Camry.
Justice of the Peace David Gray pronounced LeBlanc and Price dead at the scene of the accident.
"He was a good kid," said Kristie Branch, the secretary of the Timpson VFD. "We're all going to miss him so much. He had the potential to be a great firefighter."
Trooper Jean Dark, a DPS spokeswoman, said the report did not indicate whether alcohol was involved in the accident. She also said the report did not go into any detail about the severity of McClendon and McClinton's injuries.
LeBlanc was named the Timpson Volunteer Fire Department's Rookie of the Year in 2013, according to his obituary. He was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Center, and he had recently started attending the First United Pentecostal Church in Carthage.
"Jordan loved his church and his family," the obituary stated. "He was an avid outdoorsman and loved working on computers."
Services will be held for LeBlanc at 11 a.m. Friday at the Center First United Methodist Church with the reverends Steve Harris and Dennis Landtroop and Bro. Tim Dunn officiating. Visitation will be tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.
Interment will follow in the Borders Cemetery in Shelby County.
LeBlanc is survived by his parents, his fiancé, his brother and sister-in-law, sister, paternal grandparents, maternal grandparents, numerous nieces of nephews, and many friends, including his fellow firefighters with the Timpson VFD.
A fund has been set up in LeBlanc's honor at Austin Bank, Branch said. People wishing to donate to the fund can do so at any branch of Austin Bank. The fund will used to help pay for the funeral expenses.