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A Pearsall High School graduate and first-year student at Dallas Baptist University was killed in a car crash in Dallas just before midnight on Saturday, October 3, according to DBU University President Dr. Adam C. Wright.
The university confirmed on its website that 2019 PHS graduate Karina de la Rosa was one of two victims to die in the crash. The university’s website also listed three other students as having been involved in the accident, saying that all three had suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
“We are devastated by this horrible loss of life,” Dr. Wright wrote in a prepared statement. “We are praying for the families of all those involved as they process through this tragedy.”
According to the Dallas Police Department, the two-car crash occurred on Mountain Creek Parkway, near the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
A 21-year old woman was traveling westbound along the 2100 block of Mountain Creek Parkway when her vehicle struck the back of another, which was driven by an 18-year-old male and in which de la Rosa was a passenger, police reports said.
Officers have not indicated if the woman will face charges related to the crash or whether drug or alcohol use were contributing factors, only saying that the incident is currently under investigation.
De la Rosa was a student-trainer at PHS and was also active in sports, Maverick Band and numerous academic activities. She was crowned the 2019 Homecoming Queen and had also earned the Maverick Club athletic scholarship, among other awards.
“Our condolences and prayers to the De La Rosa family,” PISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Edward Bocanegra wrote in a social media post. “Karina will always be a part of our football and athletic family and will deeply be missed.
“As a student trainer, her selflessness to help others heal is a testament to who Karina was. She taught us to be bigger than ourselves, smile and to be there for those in need.”
DBU held a campus-wide prayer service Monday evening, Oct. 5, in Pilgrim Chapel and provided counseling for classmates and friends of the students.
The death marks the second in a year and a half of a current or former PHS student. De la Rosa was a contemporary and classmate of Rossi Rodriguez, who was killed in a car crash on April 17, 2019, between Big Wells and Dilley.