Karessa Horace, an 18-year-old cheerleader at Huntsville High School, died in a one-vehicle rollover accident on FM 1696 in Huntsville on Friday morning.
Horace was on her way to school when the car she was driving left the pavement and she over-corrected, causing her white Chevy Blazer to roll over several times before it landed in the brush on the other side of the road, according to Corporal Doug Masters with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Horace was ejected from the vehicle, which caused the injuries that led to her death. A passerby performed CPR on Horace at the scene, but Masters said she was dead when he arrived.
“It was a survivable wreck,” Masters said. “If she’d had her seatbelt on, she would have been standing here.”
Masters said the state of the tires on Horace’s vehicle may also have led to the accident — one was worn slick.
“That was a major cause of the accident,” Masters said.
Horace was a four-time All-American nominee in cheerleading who performed at the 2007-08 Orange Bowl. Her family took out a full-page advertisement in this year’s Huntsville Hornet Football program in which they wished Horace a wonderful senior year.
“Believe all things are possible through Jesus Christ and continue to pray always,” it said.
Within hours of her death, friends had set up a Facebook page under her name to post memories and condolences to her family.
Shanieka Humphrey posted that she had only known Horace for a month, but said she would miss the girl she called an “angel.”
“God please shield and hold the hearts of her family,” she wrote. “Don’t let them lose the faith, but to draw closer to you in this time of loss...and please do the same for me, God. I need you now.”
HISD released a press release about Horace’s death, calling the loss “tragic.”
“Additional counselors and professionals were immediately on hand to support our grieving students and staff during this most difficult time,” HISD officials said.
Funeral plans for Horace are pending with Cox Funeral Home in Huntsville.