Teenagers killed in Farwell accident

By CNJ Staff

Two Farwell High students died in a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday two miles south of Farwell, according to the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office.

Billy Hernandez, 14, and Frankie Reyes 14, were killed when the Suburban they were traveling in with six other area students rolled over several times on County Road 1 about 5:20 p.m. (MDT), Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries said.

Two students were transported to a Lubbock hospital by helicopter, including a 13-year-old who was in critical condition Tuesday night, Geries said.

Four students were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Geries said.

Hernandez was driving the vehicle, which was registered to a family member, Geries said.

Geries said the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed on the caliche road when the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled over several times.

The speed limit on all county roads is 60 mph, Geries said.

Farwell Independent School District Superintendent Larry Gregory said Hernandez and Reyes were freshmen at Farwell.

He said an assembly will be held this morning for junior high and high school students to address the tragedy.

He said area clergy and the school’s counselor will be in attendance.