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Austin College student dies in car wreck

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Patrick Johnson was killed in a car crash along Skaggs Road in Sherman. (KTEN) Patrick Johnson was killed in a car crash along Skaggs Road in Sherman. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- A Friday night crash claimed the life of Austin College basketball player Patrick "PJ" Johnson.

Johnson was a passenger in the car whose driver missed a curve and struck a tree where Skaggs Road becomes Tuck street in Sherman, less than two miles from campus.

"The front passenger was unconscious at the time and paramedics took him to Wilson N. Jones," said Sherman police spokesman Sgt. D.M. Hampton.

Johnson, a junior basketball player from Lufkin, Texas, died at the hospital.

"Speed may have been a contributing factor trying to make that corner," said Sherman police spokesman Sgt. D.M. Hampton. "They're investigating that, and they're trained with the techniques  they have and formulas so they can give a better idea of what actually happened during the accident."

Police said the driver and back seat passengers were not seriously hurt. All three were Austin College students.

The school's home basketball opener against Hendrix College has been moved back to Friday night so team members can attend a memorial for Johnson in Lufkin on Saturday.

A memorial service for the entire Austin College community was set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Wynne Chapel.

“I extend the condolences of the entire Austin College community to the family of Patrick Johnson and offer our thoughts and prayers to them at this time,” said Austin College president Steven P. O’Day in a written statement.  “We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss and will comfort and support one another on campus in this time.”

The college said grief counselors are available for students in need of assistance.

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