A road trip to support their high school in a basketball game turned fatal for two area teens.
The teens were in their personal vehicle driving to a basketball game in Lockney. Just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night, DPS Troopers say the driver lost control and rolled the car at FM 400 and County Road 185, just east of Hale Center.
AeroCare flew 18-year-old Charles Brown and his cousin, 16-year-old Crystal Brown, to Lubbock hospitals where they both died. Two other teens are still hospitalized Wednesday at Covenant Medical Center in Plainview.
"He was a little jokester. He liked to make people laugh. He liked to see people happy," says Andee Maynard, Charlie's uncle.
Littlefield High School Senior Charles Brown Junior, Charlie to his friends, also had lots of school spirit - a reason why Charlie and his cousin Crystal Brown and their two friends, Tara and Kara Mitchell, both 15, decided to drive all the way to Lockney Tuesday night to watch the Wildcats basketball teams play. But they never made it to cheer the boy's team onto a victory.
While driving along FM 400 and County Road 185, Charlie lost control of his Chevrolet Cavalier. DPS says he then overcorrected causing the car to go into a side skid. When it hit a ditch the car flipped once throwing Charlie, Tara and Kara from the car.
AeroCare flew Charlie to UMC where he was later pronounced dead. Crystal Ann Brown, 16, was flown to Covenant where she also later died. The 15-year-old twins Kara and Tara were taken to the hospital in Plainview with serious injuries.
"This devastates the school. It's going to take a whole lot to heal," says Ricky Hobbs, the principal at Littlefield High School.
On Wednesday, Littlefield High School students gathered to grieve and remember two lives that ended too soon.
"Charlie was a great kid. He was a "yes sir", "no sir" kind of guy. He had a very strong work ethic. He was in a work program and he worked very hard for his family and for himself. She was fun loving, always smiling. You would see her down the hallway very friendly always saying hi," says Hobbs.
Lockers now serve as memorials. Pictures and notes tell a story of two teenagers who were loved by their classmates. A display that deeply touched Charlie's parents who came to clear out his locker.
"I watched him grow up. I watched him live. I picked on her relentlessly and she loved it and she tortured me I loved it," says Maynard.
While their lockers are now empty of possessions, family and friends say their spirit will remain in their hearts.
Kara and Tara Mitchell are still expected to make a complete recovery. They remain in the hospital in Plainview.
If you would like to help the Brown family, two funds have been set up at the First United Bank in Littlefield, one for Crystal and the other for Charlie to help the family with funeral expenses.
DPS troopers say they're still investigating but at this point, they can't tell whether or not the teens were wearing seatbelts.
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