Graham High School Senior Killed in Head-On Collision

- The Graham community is grieving tonight after a head-on collision claims the life of a high school senior.

Luke Nievar, who lives in the home behind where the crash occurred, says, "Me and my wife were laying in bed and we heard what we thought was a bomb [that] went off actually."

That boom wasn't an explosion, but a car crash that happened in front of his home on Highway 67 southwest of Graham.

A white ford pick-up and a Toyota Camry, driven by 18-year-old Candice Martin, a Graham High School senior who was on her way to catch a bus for an area track meet, had collided head-on.

"I went and just talked to her and prayed with her and waited for the paramedics to show up," Nievar says. "I know that there's power in the name of Jesus because when I would say that name, she would become active."

Martin reportedly died while being transported from the scene by medical helicopter.

Rick Edwards, 94.7 Lake Country Radio DJ and sports director, says, "She was always happy. She always had something nice to say when I was around her. She always thanked me for calling her games."

Edwards says he first met Candice when she joined his church class, but grew to know the bright, shining standout athlete through her involvement in graham high school athletics.

"She was point guard on the basketball team, libero on the volleyball team, was center fielder for the softball team, and ran track for the track team also. She was a starter at every sport," Edwards says.

He says he and the Graham community will miss the 18-year-old whose smile out shown her small stature.

"Once in a while, God reaches down and he picks a flower. And he did today."

School officials say the community is really coming together to be there for the Graham students and a number of counselors, psychologists, and church representatives are volunteering their time at Graham schools to speak with students one-on-one.

We're told both of Candice's parents worked for Graham ISD.

Though no one from the district was available to go on camera today, Dr. Lane Ledbetter, the superintendent, did send us this statement:

"Today, Graham Independent School District suffered a terrible loss. Graham high school senior, Candice Martin, passed away in an early-morning car accident. We express our deepest condolences to her family and friends and those who knew her. Candice touched the lives of many at GISD and our community. She was actively involved in many extra-curricular activities; she was a vibrant student, an outstanding varsity athlete and a blessing to us all. We have grief counselors available for students and staff at all of our campuses. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this tragic time."

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