East Texas HS Student Athlete Killed In Car Crash - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.


East Texas HS Student Athlete Killed In Car Crash

  • More newsMore>>

  • 6 militants killed in US Somalia strike

    6 militants killed in US Somalia strike

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:22 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:22:40 GMT
    U.S. military forces attacked the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation in Somalia on Monday, the Pentagon said, in a strike a Somali official said targeted the group's fugitive leader.More >>
    Al-Shabab's top leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night by a U.S. military strike, a member of the Somali Islamic extremist group said Tuesday.More >>
  • 2-vehicle crash in Pike Road leaves two injured

    2-vehicle crash in Pike Road leaves two injured

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:57 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:57:18 GMT
    Alabama State Troopers are investigating the cause of a crash that left two people injured in Pike Road Tuesday morning.According to troopers the crash occurred around 7 a.m. and involved two vehicles.More >>
    Alabama State Troopers are investigating the cause of a crash, which occurred in Pike Road Tuesday morning, that left two people injured.More >>
  • Ukraine: Russian forces in major rebel cities

    Ukraine: Russian forces in major rebel cities

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:21:44 GMT
    A Russian official is complaining that EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso breached confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks if it wished.More >>
    Russian military forces have been spotted in both major rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine, an official said Tuesday, prompting Ukraine to declare that it now has to fight the Russian army, not just the separatists.More >>

A car crash takes the life of an East Texas teenager and star athlete.  The Department of Public Safety says the Whitehouse High School Junior lost control of his car Tuesday night and hit an oncoming car.   School administrators say Alex Fleming, 17, was on his way home from studying when the accident happened. They say Fleming was the model student-athlete.  

"Alex was a great leader on our football team, a junior looking forward to his senior year," said Randy McFarlin, Whitehouse Head Football Coach. A cornerback for the Whitehouse Wildcats last year, Fleming helped lead his football team to their first district title in 29 years.

"Alex was just the perfect athlete to work with," said McFarlin.  "He was there everyday, and he listened to you.  He loved football. Even some family members this morning thanked us for the memories of the football season last year." His trademark, McFarlin says was his gold shoes.

"In order to wear gold shoes you have to be fast, and Alex was fast," said McFarlin.  "Today the kids remember Alex as gold shoes." Alex wasn't just a star football player.  He played the trumpet in the high school band and excelled in the classroom.

"We were talking to his history class this morning and how he was just the leader in that class," said Tony Black, Whitehouse High School Principal. "Anytime a question was asked in the classroom, all the other kids turned and waited for him to answer because he always seemed to have the answer."  Most of all, the school says Alex was a great friend, and one that will be greatly missed.

"We just ask everyone to remember the Fleming family and the Whitehouse family in their players as we go through this tough time," said McFarlin. Black says they had additional counselors at school Wednesday, and will for the rest of the week.  McFarlin canceled spring football practice as well. The funeral is set for Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


Powered by WorldNow