A Gary Elementary School student died and her mother and three other girls were injured Friday in a Rusk County wreck, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety and Gary ISD.
Jordyn Brian, 9, was about to enter the fourth grade, Gary Elementary School said in a Facebook post noting her death. A fundraiser has been set up for her family; donations can be made through the school’s Facebook post or by drop-off at the school.
DPS troopers were called around 3:45 p.m. Friday to U.S. 84, about 2.3 miles west of Mount Enterprise in Rusk County. A preliminary investigation indicates a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer was driving west on the road and had begun to pass a slower-moving vehicle when its right rear tire blew out.
The car traveled off to south side of the road when the driver, identified as Lisa Christine Brian, 31, of Gary, overcorrected and caused the car to enter into a side skid back across the road. The car then rolled down a steep embankment.
DPS said Lisa Brian and three unidentified juvenile girls, ages 15, 13 and 7, were taken to Christus Trinity Mother Francis Tyler in serious condition.
Jordyn Brian was pronounced dead at the scene by Rusk County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Jackie Risinger. Her body was taken to Crawford A. Crim Funeral Home in Henderson.
The crash remains under investigation, DPS said.
In its post, Gary Elementary School described Jordyn as “a bright, beautiful girl.”
“Our hearts go out to the family as well as fellow students and staff who are experiencing the passing of their classmate,” the campus said.
Counselors will be available on Monday and throughout the week for students or group of students who need it, the school said, and asked parents to contact them if they wanted to set up counseling appointments.
“An incredible loss such as this requires all of us to rely on God’s grace and comfort and depend on our Bobcat Family to pray for and stand with each other,” the campus said.