New Deal High School senior dies in Monday morning accident

Published: Apr. 5, 2010 at 10:11 AM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 12:36 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

NEW DEAL, TX (KCBD) - The community of New Deal is in mourning after a star athlete is killed in a one car rollover.

3:30 A.M. Monday morning, just like that, a life is lost.

"He was like my brother, I can't believe this happened," said friend Larry Dennis.

After a long Easter weekend, New Deal High School students were delivered some tragic news.

"Everyone was crying, it was a sad day, some of the kids had to leave school they couldn't bear it no more," said friend Jeremie Melendez.

18 year old Dominique Powell was killed in a one car rollover, just minutes from his home.  It happened near the intersection of FM 1294 and North University.

DPS troopers say Powell was headed north on University, going very fast, when he ran a stop sign and lost control of his white SUV.

"This happens to other people, but it just doesn't feel right when it happens to you, I just can't believe it," said Dennis.

Investigators say they are looking into alcohol as a factor of the crash. Friends say they are still in shock.

"It's hard to cope with and I just want people to know that they got to be more careful and just make better choices, I guess," said Dennis.

Powell was an all around athlete, excelling at track, football, and basketball. His name, still on the score board.

"He loved basketball that was his passion was basketball and it's sad to see him go like this, but everybody will always remember him," said Dennis.

Powell played basketball under Coach Kyle Bean all throughout high school.

"I'll always remember Dominique as being kind of a champion for the underdog, the little kids really liked him, and he always picked at them," said Bean.

Bean says Monday was a hard day for students.

"He was a real popular, popular kid, all the students knew who he was, being a small community as it is, but they all knew who Dominique and they are taking it pretty hard right now," Bean.

A harsh reminder of just how fragile life is.

"You just got to cherish every moment of it, because you just never know. Dominique was a good guy, he was a good kid, I can't believe it was so short for him," said Dennis.

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