NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Grief is pouring out over the loss of three Stephen F. Austin State University students killed in a one-vehicle accident in Nacogdoches and the serious injury of a fourth that happened Monday morning.
Nacogdoches Police say it could take weeks before the toxicology test result on the driver, 20-year-old Chace Scruggs, of Seabrook, is complete.
Investigators continue to process their notes and haven't changed their suspicion that excessive speed was a factor.
On Tuesday, there was promising news about the survivor, 21-year-old Trent Haynes, of Red Oak.
The young man is responsive and remains stable in ICU according to an SFA spokesperson and confirmed by Trent's parents. His injuries are still very serious.
Parents of all the victims, including 21-year-old Rajeen "Ray" Williams, of Burleson, and 18-year-old Geena Zarick, of Flower Mound, are arriving in Nacogdoches to claim the bodies of their children. The students were all members of fraternal organizations.
East Texas News visited with their friends to explore the unique bond formed during this tough time.
The SFA Greek community gathered just hours ago to place three crosses at the crash site where their three good friends lost their lives in an instant.
"He lived life to the fullest," said Dillon Yates, a Sigma Tau Gamma member. He was a very, very adventuresome soul."
Scruggs was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma, loved to travel, and made friends easily. His best friend, who was talking on two hours of sleep, won't forget their last conversation.
"I told him, 'It's great to see you,'" said Connor McMillan, Scruggs' best friend. "He said, 'Hey, man, I miss you.' I miss him even more."
Fraternity Delta Tau Delta a lost brother as well in Williams. The kinesiology and health science student had a smile no one forgot. His housemate said fraternal brothers dealing with his loss and others have access to counselors, but most are leaning on each other.
"We're just there for each other," said Zach Shivers, Williams' house mate. "It's times like these that really bring everyone together and show you what our brotherhood is all about."
Shivers other housemate is Delta Tau Delta's Haynes. The kinesiology major is showing slight improvement at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. There's faith from friends he will return.
"If anybody would have made it through this, I know he would because he's like Superman," said Sarah Gomez, a Delta Delta Delta member. "He can get through anything."
Fraternity brothers support Trent's parents. They say they can't be receiving better attention from their son's friends, hospital, university, and community. That doesn't surprise Delta Tau Delta's head sweetheart.
"It's a beautiful thing to see the human race come together even when you don't know someone, just out of true compassion from your heart," Courtney Russell said.
Then there's Zarick, an only child. The pre-nursing student was enrolled in Maymester and both summer sessions. Her Delta Delta Delta sisters were celebrating the 21st birthday of a friend the night of the accident, and they said Zarick was the girl with the bright smile who never met a stranger.
"When you're young, you think you're so invincible, and nothing bad could ever happen to you, and then something happens to your close friends, and you realize you're not invincible," said Grace Wall, a Delta Delta Delta member.
"And we realize life is so fragile," McMillan added.
"It's just one of these things you have to deal with and learn from," Shivers said.
"GoFundMe" accounts have been started for Williams' family to help with funeral costs.
Memorial services are being planned in each of the students' hometowns.
On Wednesday, SFA plans to fly the North Street flag at half-staff.