AUSTIN, Texas -- Police have confirmed the names of the two Austin High School students killed in a car crash on Friday that left one other passenger injured.
Alyssa Hefley, 17, was driving the vehicle that crashed into a tree at Barton Hills Drive and Foxglen Drive on Friday. Hefley, who friends say was a junior at Austin High, was pronounced dead on the scene.
Andrew Newton, 18, was a passenger in the backseat of the vehicle. He was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge, where he was later pronounced dead.
The second passenger, another 18-year-old man, is recovering from serious injuries at Brackenridge and is listed as being in good condition.
The impact of the crash caused the vehicle to split in half, ejecting Hefley from the car, according to witnesses.
Friends say Hefley was a member of the Austin High soccer team and was looking forward to college. Friends remember Newton, an Austin High senior, as a kind, friendly student with a passion for theater and drama. His friends helped organize a vigil inside Austin High’s school theater on Saturday night.
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash and are working to determine if alcohol, speed or use of an electronic device while driving was a factor. Police say all three people were wearing seat belts.
Surveillance video from a neighbor's home system captured a car matching the description of the one in the wreck traveling at a high rate of speed down the residential road moments before the crash would have occurred. The road's speed limit is 30 miles per hour.
Hefley's family friends started a memorial fund to help her mother with the funeral services. Go here to visit the In Loving Memory of Alyssa Hefley Memorial Fund.
Newton's family friends started a memorial fund to help Newton's family with funeral services. Go here to visit the In Loving Memory of Andrew Newton Memorial Fund.