Girl dies in crash 10 minutes after back-to-school photoPosted: Updated:
A 9-year-old East Texas girl was killed in a crash minutes after posing for a back-to-school picture.
Payton Crustner died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash in Rusk County. Troopers say 18-year-old Marcus Dukes steered his pickup into oncoming traffic on FM-225 and crashed into a car driven by 32-year-old Miranda Clark.
KTBS reports the girl was in Clark's car along with her 16-year-old brother and a 3-year-old. Payton was ejected and died at the scene. Her brother remained in ICU on Thursday.
A Facebook fundraiser has raised several thousand dollars for the victims. The page says Payton's first-day-of-school photo was taken 10 minutes before the crash.
"Payton was taken from this world this morning before her first day of 4th grade," the post said. "Please keep the family in your prayers. All monies donated will go to Payton's family to cover funeral expenses."