Cross Plains High School Senior Seriously Injured in a Crash Has Died

 

CROSS PLAINS- A Cross Plains High School senior football player seriously injured in a Sunday morning crash has died.

In the early morning hours on Sunday, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were called to a single vehicle crash about 12 miles northeast of Coleman. The teens were in a 2001 Toyota Tacoma and were traveling southeast on US 84 when they veered into the oncoming lane, across a bar ditch, and into a fence. Both teens were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected in the crash.

Now, Ryan Hopkins, one of the teens involved, has passed away. Hopkins was life flighted to Fort Worth for further care after the crash.

Cross Plains High School said in a Facebook post in response to Hopkin’s death:

Tuesday, August 9, CPISD will be cancelling all staff meetings.

The district is partnering with the Education Service Center- Region 14- Crisis Team to provide four certified grievance counselors to come support those who are in need of it.

Counselors will be available at 9:30 a.m. in the Cross Plains High School for anyone who chooses to come. We encourage you to use this special resource to help during this difficult time.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with medical expenses.

The other teenager involved is recovering from surgery after breaking his leg in the crash.

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Condolences to the families effected by this tragic loss. I wish they, and all the other teen drivers actually make the effort to click it.... every time.

A lot of what we here piss and moan about does not equate to a loss like this.

May God give this family peace.

I'm sure that many here are old enough to remember being loaded onto yellow goose school buses and hauled to the YMCA down by the river for polio vaccinations with the Salk vaccine.  If memory serves (I was in the second grade) polio was unusually prevalent in the Concho Valley, and certainly I recall watching news stories on black and white TV showing kids in iron lungs.  That was a very scary time.  Covid was nothing compared to this monster.

Stories like this worry me.  I have friends from those days who had polio, but at least the disease did not affect them nearly as badly as it did many other kids and younger adults.  It appears that a demon we thought we had put to rest has resurrected itself.

We need to keep an eye on this.

https://www.salon.com/2022/08/09/experts-believe-there-may-be-a-polio-in-new-york/

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