Accident claims Horn student

Classmates were returning from trip to Texas Tech


Published on Tuesday, 25 September 2012 10:15


credoCREDOROSCOE, Texas – A Mesquite teenager has died from injuries he sustained in a Monday automobile accident in West Texas.

Sigfrid Credo, a senior at Horn High School, was airlifted to a hospital after the accident on U.S. Highway 84 near Roscoe – just west of Sweetwater – but later died. Credo and four Horn classmates were returning from a weekend visit to Texas Tech University where Credo had hoped to attend college following graduation.

Police investigators say the driver of the Volvo station wagon in which the five students were traveling may have over-corrected while drifting off the road, causing the vehicle to flip. The vehicle rolled and three people in the back were ejected. Two of the victims, according to KTAB-TV, were airlifted to the hospital. The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. Monday.

The other students in the vehicle have been identified as Credo’s twin brother, Roald Credo, along with Travis Tarlton, Brandon Stewart and Scott Hiney. According to a family member of one of the students, Tarlton suffered a fractured hip, Stewart a broken wrist, Hiney had a head laceration and Roald Credo a broken arm that required surgery. Roald Credo was transported to Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Sigfrid Credo was a drum major for the Horn band and also participated in drama, according to a Mesquite ISD official, and all five were popular students. Students at Horn were given the news of their classmate’s death at the school Tuesday morning and grief counselors were made available.

This is the second time this month that the Horn High School community has had to deal with the sudden death of friend and classmate. On Sept. 6, 16-year-old Shania Gray was murdered in an apparent attempt to keep her from testifying against her killer in an upcoming rape trial. Gray attended Horn her first two years of high school but had transferred to Hebron High School in Carrollton only days earlier. Her alleged killer is jailed on a capital murder charge.