Police say Frenship graduate hit & killed by drunk driver

Published: Nov. 23, 2015 at 3:11 AM CST|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 2:26 PM CDT
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Huerta - credit: KBTX
Huerta - credit: KBTX

COLLEGE STATION, TX (KCBD) - A Frenship graduate was hit and killed by a drunk driver in College Station over the weekend, according to the College Station Police Department.

In the police report, 21-year-old Jaten Kennedy was said to be crossing an intersection near Texas A&M University with another person around 1 a.m. Friday morning when they were struck by 21-year-old Samuel Huerta.

Huerta was arrested and charged with a DWI instead of Intoxicated Assault, because police said he had the right of way.

While the other pedestrian suffered minor injuries, Jaten was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries.

His close friend said he had multiple skull fractures and suffered severe brain trauma. He went into surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain, but never regained consciousness and died this morning surrounded by his family.

Jaten was a recent graduate from Frenship High School and was attending Texas A&M

His cousin, Taylor Kennedy, said Jaten was his best friend.

"I was there when he took his first breath and there when he took his last," Taylor said. "He meant the world to me, and I know he meant so much to so many others. The love of Christ was what made Jaten so special and why so many people felt so loved by him. Jaten was the type of guy that made everyone feel as if he was their best friend, whether they had known him for years or weeks. Our family's wish is that people would see that God was glorified through Jaten's life, and we now pray that God may be glorified through Jaten's death."

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