NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches man died after striking another car head-on on State Highway 7, just east of the Nacogdoches city limits, Tuesday night.
Taylor Lee Hall, 29, died on the scene, which was one-fifth of a mile east of Nacogdoches, at 9:12 p.m.
Gary Stallard, a spokesman for Angelina College, confirmed Wednesday morning that Hall was a biology instructor at Angelina College.
According to the DPS report, Hall was driving a 2008 Toyota eastbound on Highway 7 when he crossed the center stripe and hit a 2012 Chevy, driven by Dominique Malone, 25, of Huntington, head-on.
Malone is in stable condition at a Nacogdoches hospital.
The details as to why Hall crossed lanes in not yet known, but the biology instructor will be deeply missed by those who knew him.
"He was a man of many words. Very funny, very outspoken, well-loved. You couldn't meet anybody that didn't hear of him or didn't like him he was a really neat guy," said Cindy Peters one of Hall's colleagues.
That's exactly how colleagues and former students will remember Hall.
"On a lab day he actually said, 'Let's go on the trails,' and he was just like a big kid. He ran around like jumping on top of logs and moving them over and flipping them upside down. He got on the ground and grabbed a pile of dirt and was like, 'look I found a lizard.' he was just like a big little boy," said Hall's former student, Mattison Miranda.
Hall earned his bachelor's degree from Texas ATM and his masters from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Dr. Larry Phillips, the president of Angelina College, said Hall had just wrapped up his fourth year as a biology instructor at AC. Phillips said Hall was liked and well-respected by his colleagues.
"He loved to teach and he loved getting the student involved, getting them excited about learning. He was really fun he is going to be really missed here," said Peters.
Hall was scheduled to teach a biology course in two weeks, but his colleagues say his presence will always be felt on campus.
"He will always be remembered, he will have a special place in everybody's heart," said Peters.
Funeral arrangements for Hall are still pending.