Prayer Vigils Set for Teens Involved in Weekend Crash

By Mechell Dixon

Published 07/29 2014 11:42AM

Updated 07/29 2014 06:12PM

Prayer vigils are scheduled for the five teens involved in a fatal crash over the weekend.

That crash happened Sunday around 1 a.m. in the 3000 block of Kell West Freeway.

Wichita Falls police say 17 year-old Derrick Harley was apparently the only one in the GMC Envoy wearing a seat belt.

According to witnesses, the SUV was heading East at a high rate of speed when it tried to pass another vehicle on the right slid into the median and rolled.

Police originally believed all of the teens were thrown from the car but today, we've learned from police that Harley, the only one wearing his seat belt, was the only one not thrown from the vehicle.

Police say passenger, 18 year-old LaKarl Williams, passed away yesterday at United Regional.

The driver, 18 year old Marquis Dennis was flown by medical helicopter to a Fort Worth hospital and is listed in serious condition.

Eighteen year old Kamary Williams remains hospitalized in good condition.

Because Harley and 16 year old Xavion Smith-Williams are minors, United Regional officials will not release information on them.

Police say speed and failure to maintain a single lane as contributing factors of the crash, which remains under investigation.

A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday night to remember LaKarl Williams.

It starts at 8:30 p.m. in the Hirschi gym parking lot.

Organizers ask if you attend, bring pictures, flowers, and stuffed animals.

And on Sunday, a prayer vigil will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the W.I. Johnson Multipurpose Center beside the Welch Street Church of Christ at 605 Welch.

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