LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Austin woman died after not yielding to the right-of-way on the new Davisville Road/Loop 287 intersection Wednesday night.
According to the Lufkin police report, Rainey Blaylock, 18, died on the scene.The report states Blaylock was driving a 2010 Kia Soul southeast on Davisville Road at 11:15 p.m. and did not yield at the intersection of North Medford Drive. Warren Jones, 39, of Belzoni, Miss., was traveling northwest on North Medford Drive in a 2011 Mack truck and hit the car. Shirley Luna, a spokesperson for Stephen F. Austin University, has confirmed Blaylock was enrolled in Thursday's freshman orientation. Dr. Adam Peck, the dean of student affairs at SFASU, said during introductions at the orientation that Blaylock's memory will be missed.
"Before we begin as much as this is a happy occasion, I also acknowledge it's a sad occasion when we were notified earlier today, that a student in route to this orientation session had an automobile accident and unfortunately died," Peck said. "So, for our entire campus, we are grieving and we know you would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the family of the student."
Blaylock's crash marks the fourth, and first fatal, accident at the intersection in the past couple of months, and Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Kathi White said staying attentive is the most important thing.
"We continue to evaluate the different aspects of this project on a daily basis," White said. "There's quite a bit of signage on this project. Everything from - you know, we have the message board down there telling you to slow down, checking your speed limit in a couple of locations, but the main thing is people just really have to take into account because of driving behaviors and follow the rules. Slow down, follow the speed limits, and pay attention most of all."
It's unclear what actually happened to cause the accident, but White said they are doing whatever they can to make sure signs are seen at night.