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

5/9/07-Whitehouse

East Texas HS Student Athlete Killed In Car Crash

  • More newsMore>>

  • Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

    Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:31:53 GMT
    The city council in Donetsk says three people have been killed and five wounded in shelling overnight in the city in eastern Ukraine.More >>
    Ukraine's parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union on Tuesday, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal.More >>
  • Syrian aircraft crashes in city held by IS group

    Syrian aircraft crashes in city held by IS group

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:01 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:01:54 GMT
    A Syrian military aircraft crashed into the de facto capital of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, killing at least eight people.More >>
    A Syrian military aircraft crashed into the de facto capital of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, as thousands of residents fled to nearby villages in anticipation of expected U.S....More >>
  • US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:52:50 GMT
    The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to...More >>
    The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local...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