Robert E. Lee Mourns Student Killed In Wreck
By KENNETH DEAN
Robert E. Lee High School students and staff were in mourning Monday after a student died from injuries received when his bicycle collided with a pickup.
Allen Hall, 15, died shortly after being transported from the scene, Tyler police spokesman Don Martin said.
Police, fire and EMS personnel responded to a bicycle-vehicle crash in the 2300 block of ESE Loop 323 around 8:41 a.m., Martin said Hall, a Lee freshman, was traveling westbound on the shoulder of the east bound lanes on Loop 323 in front of Green Acres Bowl, Martin said.
Michael Rose, 63, driver of a 2011 GMC Sierra was exiting a private drive of the bowling alley parking lot onto the loop and struck the bicyclist, he said. Rose was unaware that he had struck the teenager until he had dragged him about 100 feet and stopped, he said.
EMS transported Hall, who suffered severe head trauma, to East Texas Medical Center, where he later died.
“We are deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of Allen Hall, one of our Robert E. Lee High School students,” Tyler Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Randy Reid said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We know this will be a difficult time for many of our students. Our school counselors will be available to help them cope with the loss of their classmate.”
TISD spokeswoman Laura Jackson said Hall was well-liked at the school.
“Even though he was a freshman, he had really made an impact on a lot of people at Robert E. Lee,” Mrs. Jackson said by phone. Martin said the investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Staff Writer Emily Guevara contributed to this report.