DPS reveals details of wreck that killed TTU students

DPS reveals details of wreck that killed TTU students
Murphy family photo
Murphy family photo

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas DPS has released new details about the wreck that killed two Texas Tech students on Friday.

Kylie and Ryan Murphy were killed in a car accident Friday night in Burnet County, northwest of Austin.

Austin DPS Trooper Robbie Berrera says 20-year-old Kylie Murphy was driving a 2009 Mazda 3 southeast on Highway 183 in the right lane. Her brother, 20-year-old Ryan Murphy was in the passenger seat.

A witness told DPS that around 8:45 p.m. Kylie's right side tires left the roadway. She was able to correct, but a few seconds later they left the roadway again. The witness says the second time she over-corrected, causing the car to skid in a counter clockwise direction.

Trooper Berrera says the car crossed both lanes and the center divider before hitting the front end of a 2006 Dodge pickup truck driven by 46-year-old Larry Boyles of Lampasas. DPS says he was driving northeast on Highway 183 in the left lane. DPS says he suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Trooper Berrera says alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

They were on their way home to Austin to celebrate Ryan's 20th birthday with their family.

Kylie and Ryan both attended McNeil High School, where she graduated in 2012 and he graduated just last year.

"It's a really sad situation," said Texas Tech Student Jeremy Fry. "Everyone is just in shock."

Fry was a Tech student alongside Kylie and Ryan, and lived at the same apartment complex as Kylie.

"She was a really sweet girl," he said. "Every time we talked to her, she had a really big smile on her face. She just seemed to bring joy to everyone around her. That was always a blessing for me."

Fry learned about the accident through social media, where he said the word spread quickly through their fellow fraternity and sorority members.

Kylie was a member of Alpha Phi, and Ryan was a new member of Sigma Nu.

"They were both very involved and very active in those communities," Fry said. "They were very well loved by those people and I can understand why. I feel like that allowed them to make a really big impact on Texas Tech as a whole."

Texas Tech Alpha Phi released this statement on their Facebook page:

"Alpha Phi is extremely saddened by the passing of one of our sisters. We ask for thoughts and prayers at this time for her family, friends, and our chapter."

Sigma Nu said although Ryan was only a part of their chapter for a short time, he made a lasting impact on his fellow new members and actives.

Other new members said Ryan was one of the best guys they had in their brotherhood. They said he always found a way to brighten someone's day.

Alpha Phi and Sigma Nu will host a candlelight vigil in honor of Kylie and Ryan in their joined parking lot in Greek Circle Monday night at 8 p.m.

"It's going to be a huge void, but I'm sure everyone will rally together and just kind of support each other within the community," Fry said, "I think they'll just get through it that way."

Chris Cook with Texas Tech says these are the sixth and seventh Tech students to pass away in about a two week period.

The university is offering counseling services to those impacted by the deaths.

Cook said Texas Tech offers their condolences and deepest sympathies to the families of these students, and that the university is always saddened to lose a member of their Texas Tech family.

Click here to make a donation to Kylie and Ryan's memorial fund.

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