DPS troopers are still investigating the cause of a fatal collision that occurred at around 7 this morning on Highway 67 just south of Rosser Ranch Road.
DPS Trooper Tres Lattimore said that Graham High School senior Candice Martin, 18, of Eliasville, was driving a Toyota Camry northbound on Highway 67 when the head-on collision between her vehicle and an F-250 Ford pickup truck driving southbound occurred in the southbound lane.
Lattimore said that shortly after the accident, Martin was helicoptered to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, but died en route and was diverted to Palo Pinto mid-flight. The driver of the truck, Marshall Hamilton of Brady, reportedly sustained minor injuries.
According to Graham/Young County EMS Director Kelley Hudson, multiple agencies worked the accident, including EMS, rural and local fire departments, Sheriff's deputies and the DPS. Also at the scene were members of TxDOT and an air ambulance crew, according to Graham Fire Captain Greg Speck.
Martin was a well known athlete in and out of the Graham community, having ran track and played softball, basketball and volleyball at the varsity level for GHS.
Rick Edwards, sports director for Lake Country Radio, has been covering Martin on the air for the past four years. He also knew her personally.
“Its always hard when a beautiful young lady like Candice has her life end in such a short time,” Edwards said. “I've had the pleasure of knowing Candice for a lot of years. She grew up with my son, she grew up in our church where I had her in my classes and I got to see her and broadcast her games for the last four years.
“Each time I saw her she was always happy, gave all she had and was a great friend and teammate. She will be missed by many and she has left her mark on many people and her school.
“These things are always hard to understand, and the questions of why are always being asked. Sometimes God reaches down and picks a flower from the Garden and we just ask His grace through these times for her family and friends and for GHS.”