A 16-year-old Waxahachie High School student lost his life in a traffic-related accident Monday morning.
Justice of the Peace Jackie Miller Jr. pronounced Cassidy Daniel Jones dead at the scene from blunt force trauma at 11:01 a.m.
“This is such a tragedy,” Miller said. “This was a good kid going about his business and doing his job. My heart and prayers go out to the family.”
WHS principal David Nix and assistant principal Charles Tims expressed their sympathy on behalf of Waxahachie ISD.
“He was a hard-working, good young man,” principal David Nix said of Jones, who just turned 16 and who would have been a junior this fall. “He was a ‘yes, sir, no, sir,’ type of young man,” Nix said, adding, “There are no words to express the district’s feelings of sorrow and loss and how we feel.”
“With any student, we consider it a tragedy,” Tims said. “Certainly our thoughts and prayers are with the family. … This will be a difficult time for the family to go through, and the school is here if there is any way we can assist them.”
WISD officials have made arrangements for counselors to be available beginning tomorrow through Thursday at the high school to speak with any students.
“If the kids want to come up there, the school’s open and we’ll have counselors on duty,” Nix said. “They can talk to the counselors, to the principals or talk amongst each other, we’ll give them a place to do that.”
According to Department of Public Safety troopers at the scene, Jones was operating a tractor and traveling eastbound on Farm-to-Market 1446 when he attempted to turn left onto Arrowhead.
Behind him on the roadway and also traveling eastbound was a 2001 Jeep Cherokee driven by Dawn Michelle Ray, 34, of Venus.
“At the same time he was attempting to turn left, (the other driver) was attempting to pass,” DPS Sgt. Chris Jones said. “She struck the left side rear tire of the tractor with her right front quarter, causing his vehicle to roll, ejecting him.”
The teenager’s Massey-Ferguson 283 tractor came to rest off of the roadway on the northeast corner of the intersection, with Ray’s Jeep coming to a stop facing southeast at the intersection.
“At this time, no charges have been filed,” Sgt. Jones said, noting there was no issue of alcohol or similar circumstance involved with the accident, which remains under investigation.
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