NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A little over a week after a fiery crash in Nacogdoches claimed the lives of three current or former Stephen F. Austin State University students, the sole survivor has been showing signs of improvement, according to his family.
The one-vehicle crash occurred on Nacogdoches' Starr Avenue in the early morning hours of May 30. According to police, Chace Scruggs, 20, of Seabrook, was driving a 2007 Dodge Charger east on Starr Avenue when it left the road, struck several trees near the intersection of Glen Hollow, and caught on fire.
Scruggs, Rajeen "Ray" Williams, 21, of Burleson, and Geena Zarick, 18, of Flower Mound, were killed in the wreck. Trent Haynes, 21, of Red Oak, survived the wreck and was taken to a local hospital.
Haynes' parents sent a statement earlier this week that said their son continues to show improvement every day, and he has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility,
"Before too much time passes, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to the first responders, the Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital staff, Stephen F. Austin State University Administration, staff, and Greek community, wonderful friends, Fastenal, and the kind, gracious, and caring people in the Nacogdoches community and beyond, for their incredible support, prayers, and encouragement," Haynes' parents said in the statement. "Words could never express how thankful we are for the meaningful way you cared for us and our son during this difficult time."
Haynes' parents expressed their gratitude to God for their son's progress so far, and they said they are trusting God for strength as they continue on the journey to their son's recovery.
"We share in the profound grief of the families of Trent's beloved friends whose lives were lost that night," Haynes' parents said in the statement. "While we mourn with their families and send our deepest condolences, we know their lives will have a lasting impact on all those who knew them. Our hope is in Christ, and while we may not understand His plan this side of heaven, we trust and pray for comfort and peace."
Nacogdoches Police have said it could take weeks before the toxicology test result on Scruggs is complete. Investigators continue to process their notes and haven't changed their suspicion that excessive speed was a factor.
Friends of the three young people who died in the crash erected crosses in their honor at the crash site just off of Starr Avenue.