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UPDATE: Tech student dies from injuries sustained in 5-car collision

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Meagan Rough (Source: Facebook) Meagan Rough (Source: Facebook)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

New information has been released on the violent 5-car collision on Glenna Goodacre Thursday morning. Victim Meagan Rough, who was ejected from the vehicle on impact, died at the hospital Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m.

Chris Cook, Media Relations Director at TTU, confirms that four out of the five 19-year-olds who were involved in the accident are students at the university.

Police say Jason White, 19, was driving drunk and speeding when he smashed into the back of the car Rough was riding in. The force of the impact ejected Rough from the car even though she was wearing a seatbelt.

White was arrested immediately after the accident and charged with intoxication assault, but he bonded out Thursday. On Friday around 4:30p.m. Lubbock Police arrested White again with upgraded charges of intoxication manslaughter after Rough died.

The new arrest warrant says Trace Tomlin told police White came to pick him up at the 2520 Apartments right before the accident. Tomlin told police White was driving fine until he turned east on to Glenna Goodacre, and that's when he started to speed. Tomlin told police he was scared they were going to wreck so he quickly put on his seatbelt.

Moments later police say White hit the car driven by 19-year-old Kaitlyn Canaday and her passenger Rough was ejected.

The warrant says as police began to question White he started to cry. Smelling a strong odor of alcohol on White's breath, police administered a field sobriety test and White agreed to give a blood sample to test his blood alcohol level.

The warrant says that's when police arrested him, and White asked them how the two girls he hit were doing. The documents also say White asked if he would be able to get out of jail before Friday because he had a final to study for.

White made bond on Saturday afternoon.

The Texas Alcohol Beverage Consumption is now involved on the investigation. TABC is only in the beginning stages of the investigation and will have more information next week.

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