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Death of 2 TAMU cadets in traffic collision

Discussion in 'Publicly and Privately Funded Military Colleges' started by Lawman32RPD, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. Lawman32RPD

    Lawman32RPD 5-Year Member

    Jan 29, 2011
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    2 Texas A&M freshmen cadets killed, 1 injured in early morning crash on U.S. 290

    The sadness on Texas A&M's quadrangle — the hub of campus life for members of the Corps of Cadets — was evident Sunday afternoon.

    The ROTC students had lost two of their own in a fiery wreck near Houston earlier in the day: Amy Pacheco and Miguel Hernandez, both 18-year-old freshmen who were members of Company B-1 and the Darling Recruiting Company, died when a car driving the wrong way on a highway near Houston hit them head-on.

    Another freshman in Darling Recruiting Company, Francisco Campos, was sitting in the backseat of the SUV and survived. Friends and family gathered later Sunday at Houston Medical Center where the 18-year-old member of Company F-1 was rushed following the 3:30 a.m. wreck.

    Corps Commander Eric Gil said the cadets had been in Houston to help judge a Houston Independent School District contest and were driving back to College Station for an early Sunday morning service project.

    “We’re reeling right now and coming together,” Gil, a senior, told the Houston Chronicle. “We’ll get through this. The Aggie family is strong.”

    Pacheco was driving west in a Ford Explorer on U.S. 290 with Hernandez in the passenger seat and Campos in the back when they were hit by the 2005 Ford Mustang driving east, according to a statement released by the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

    That driver, Katie Thomas, was the only person in her vehicle; she died at the scene.

    Deputies said the crash caused the Explorer to catch fire. It was unclear what injuries Campos sustained or what his condition was late Sunday.

    In a statement released Sunday afternoon, Corps Commandant Brig. Gen. Joe Ramirez expressed his condolences to the families and friends of Pacheco and Hernandez, saying that they will be missed.

    "We all stand together as Aggies today as we mourn the loss of two of our own," Ramirez said. "As an Aggie, I hope their families will take solace in knowing that Amy and Miguel will never be forgotten, and that the unique Aggie spirit of camaraderie that is such an integral part of being an Aggie and a member of the Corps of Cadets will hold fast for them in this very difficult time."

    Corps members said that Echo Taps will be held at 10:30 p.m. Monday on the Quad to honor the two cadets who died. Pacheco was a construction science major, and Hernandez a general studies major. Campos is a landscape architecture major.

    The accident remained under investigation by the Harris County Sheriff's Office's Traffic Enforcement Section late Sunday.


    As our daughter put it “2 Company B-1 fish killed this morning. Please pray for or send good thoughts to their families, their friends, their outfit and the university. Losing anyone is hard, especially when they’re in our Corps family, but losing fish is like losing a baby. They keep the Corps alive.”
  2. CadetMom777

    CadetMom777 5-Year Member

    Oct 27, 2008
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    Unbelievably sad and tragic. Thoughts and prayers to their friends and families. My son said the surviving cadet is in critical condition.
  3. trackandfield08

    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014 5-Year Member

    Sep 18, 2008
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    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims as well as to the Aggie Community. I am so sorry for your loss.
  4. bruno

    bruno 5-Year Member Retired Staff Member

    Feb 2, 2008
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    What a tragedy. My prayers are with their families and loved ones.
  5. Packer

    Packer 5-Year Member

    Feb 11, 2011
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    Horrible news. My thoughts and prayers to their family and friends.
  6. VMIdad

    VMIdad Member

    Aug 27, 2012
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    Every day on this Earth is truly a gift....God Bless those Cadets and their families...
  7. bob80q

    bob80q bob80q Banned

    Feb 25, 2012
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    what a terrible waste of such young and talented lives, were it possible I would gladly trade places with them. Condolences to the TAMU family

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