The city of Sundown is in shock after two deaths in the past three days.
On Thursday, 27–year-old Brett McDaniel was killed in a head-on crash in South Dakota. Authorities say he was traveling northbound on Highway 85, about 12 miles south of Buffalo, SD, when he lost control of his 2002 Chevy Silverado and crashed head on into a pickup driven by a Utah man.
Brett leaves behind a pregnant wife who is due in the summer.
His father, Howard McDaniel, was a football coach at Sundown in 2001 and 2002 under head coach Benny Granger. Granger's daughter was killed in an automobile accident on Saturday.
Midland DPS reported that 27-year-old Brittney Granger was driving east on Interstate 20, ten minutes West of Odessa, when her 2012 Ford F-150 pickup struck the back of a freight truck. The accident happened just before 7 p.m. Granger was pronounced dead on the scene.
Chad Terry, a longtime friend with the Granger family, said the recent deaths have taken a heavy toll.
"You get to the point where you're just at a loss for words," Terry said, "and it's tough on you because of the ties you have to the family."
Terry was a part of the Sundown coaching staff in 2001 and 2002. Brittany's father gave Terry his first job as a basketball coach and defensive coordinator on the football team.
Terry said that Brittney is definitely her father's daughter.
"She and Benny played a lot of golf together once Brittney got out of high school," he said. "When you talk to him, it was always about her and what all she was doing and just the great, outgoing personality she had."
Brittney also shared love of sports with her father, especially for Texas Tech.
"If Tech was doing something, Brittney was all about the Red Raider," Terry said, "from going to bowl games, to tailgating, to telling everybody what the scores were. And then, being a coach's kid, she could carry on the conversation with anybody about Tech football. Whether it was a love of sports, or love of golf, or a love of whatever, she just had these roots of hard work that she learned from her parents and I think her background being a coach's kid was instrumental in her growth as a young lady."
Terry said he will always remember Brittney's personality, positive outlook and overall love of life.
"There was never a dull moment," he said. "If you talked to her at any time, it was always positive and upbeat and you know that's just the way she was."
Brittney's family said they are almost positive that the funeral service will be on Wednesday at Sundown First Baptist Church at 3 p.m.
In honor of her love for the Red Raiders, anyone attending is asked to wear red and black or Texas Tech gear.
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