https://nypost.com/2022/03/17/ntsb-child-was-driving-pickup-that-struck-van-killing-9/

A 13-year-old boy was driving a pickup truck that struck a van in Texas and killed nine people — including six New Mexico college golfers  — in a fiery crash, authorities said Thursday

The unnamed boy was driving illegally on a spare tire before it blew out and the truck slammed head-on into a van carrying golfers from the University of the Southwest Tuesday night, said National Transportation Safety Board vice chairman Bruce Landsberg.

The 13-year-old driver and his 38-year-old dad Henrich Siemens — who were heading to pick up a new car — also died in the collision, according to authorities and Siemens’  heartbroken widow.

(Clockwise from top left) Tiago Sousa, Karissa Raines, Laci Stone, Mauricio Sanchez, Jackson Zinn and Travis Garcia all died in the crash.
(Clockwise from top left) Tiago Sousa, Karissa Raines, Laci Stone, Mauricio Sanchez, Jackson Zinn and Travis Garcia all died in the crash.
University of the Southwest

“They were going to pick up a car that [Siemens] bought. I was supposed to see him about two hours later,” she said, adding they left around 8 p.m.

The crash killed college golfers Mauricio Sanchez, 19, Travis Garcia, 19, Jackson Zinn, 22, Karisa Raines, 21, Laci Stone, 18, and Tiago Sousa, 18. 

Coach Tyler James was among the nine killed.
The University of the Southwest

Their coach, Tyler James, who was driving the Ford van, was also killed.

“This was clearly a high-speed collision,” Landsberg said, adding it was unclear how fast the vehicles were traveling.

The cause of the crash had not been determined Thursday but cops have ordered toxicology and other forensics reports, Sgt. Steven Blanco of Texas DPS told The  Post.

Texas law requires motorists to be at least 15 years old to receive a provisional license and at least 14 before they can take classes to get a learner’s license.

The college’s Ford Transit van was carrying nine people and towing a box trailer while heading back from a golf tournament in Midland, where both the women’s and men’s teams were competing.

The accident remains under investigation.

With AP wires

A damaged pickup truck sits on the side of the road at the scene of a fatal car wreck early Wednesday, March 16, 2022
The pickup truck is at the scene of the fatal wreck on March 16, 2022.
AP
The National Transportation Safety Board announced that it was a 13-year-old illegally driving the car that struck the van.
The National Transportation Safety Board announced that it was a 13-year-old illegally driving the car that struck the van.
Eli Hartman/Odessa American via AP
A memorial for the victims of the crash at the Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs, New Mexico.
A memorial for the victims of the crash at the Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs, New Mexico.
AP Photo/John Locher
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