One student killed, five injured in accident

Lindsey Smith

A tragic accident southeast of campus on Friday night claimed the life of one Abilene Christian University student and injured five others.

The six traveling in one vehicle were hit by another vehicle as they were driving south on Highway 36 in eastern Taylor County about 8:21 p.m. Friday. The driver of the other vehicle – whom Department of Public Safety officials say ran a stop sign on County Road 107 and into the path of the six students – died in the collision.

Killed in the accident was ACU junior advertising and public relations major Lindsey Smith of New Braunfels, Texas. She was in a vehicle driven by Robert “Bo” Braddock, senior biology major from Deer Park, Texas. Other passengers were Rebekah Cherniss, freshman journalism and mass communication major from Katy, Texas; Colleen “Callie” Kerbo, freshman marketing major from Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Deanna Romero, freshman international studies major from Omaha, Neb.; and Eric Terrazas, junior journalism and mass communication major from Argyle, Texas.

Braddock, Kerbo and Terrazas were treated and released from Abilene’s Hendrick Medical Center about 1 a.m. Saturday. Romero and Cherniss remained in Hendrick’s trauma center, according to hospital officials.

The Optimist, ACU’s student newspaper, reported that the six students were on their way to attend the traditional Grand Ole Oplin country western dance at the Oplin Community Center, held every Friday night for people of all ages. For decades, the event in nearby Callahan County, about 30 miles from campus, has been a popular gathering spot for students.

As soon as DPS officials notified ACU Police, Abilene Christian’s Emergency Response Team gathered in the university’s police headquarters while ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert and representatives from Student Life and other offices headed to Hendrick to assist the students and their families. Word of the accident spread quickly, and Hendrick’s ER was soon filled with concerned faculty, staff and students.

“We are grateful for the support of our campus community in difficult times such as these,” said Schubert (’91) in an email to students, faculty and staff just before 1 a.m. Saturday. “Your outpouring of heartfelt expressions of help has been overwhelming tonight.”

We will update readers when we have new information to share.

| Category: Alumni News, Campus News


  1. Helen Moore
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Prayers for the family of Lindsey and all the students involved. Prayers also for the family of the other driver.

  2. Troy Dye
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Our prayers will be with all of these families, and especially the Smith family as they grieve the loss of their beautiful daughter.

    – Troy and Tracy Dye

  3. Nora
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    My prayers are for all involved and for the families, may our Lord give you peace and strength and comfort the days to come! We are blessed that the ACU community is strong, I too am an ACU mom and my heart goes out to everyone!

  4. Posted January 26, 2013 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Deanna Romero is from Sioux Falls, SD.
    She is a church of Christ member, worshiping at the 41st street church of Christ, and Southeastern church of Christ.
    Keep the Faith Brothers and Sisters, ” All things work for the Good of those who serve HIM “

  5. Sandie Contreras
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I am a parent of a freshman at ACU and my heart and prayers go out to Lindsey’s family and friends and to each of the 5 students that were injured. I can not imagine what these families must be going through. I pray for the safety of all ACU students today, tomorrow and always. May God bless each of you and keep you in His care.

  6. Pat Haessler
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    So sad. Our prayers go out to all the families and especially to Lindsey’s loved ones.

  7. T Law
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    I will hold this young lady’s family and friends up in prayer.
    And the others who were injured I pray for their recovering and the doctors and family and friends.
    I thank The Lord for all whom are there to help and support those and each other during this difficult time.
    And for all to remember that The Lord is there with you all always.

  8. Marie A. Morrell
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    I am so sorry about this loss of life. Please know the ACU family and each of these students’ families as well as the other driver are in my prayers. Please keep the R.A.s travelling back from San Antonio from their staff retreat, in your prayers as they head back to be with the rest of their ACU family.
    God Bless,
    Mrs. Morrell

  9. Deborah Bilbrey
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all family and friends of Lindsey’s, and all who were involved in such an horriable accident, may God be with them all!

  10. Posted January 26, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    hopefully given the fortitude for victims’ families !

  11. The Oestreich Family
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Our sincere sympathy and prayers our extended to our dear friends, the Smith Family on the death of young Lindsey. This talented and aspiring young woman will be missed, and we were blessed to have watched her grow up in our community of New Braunfels. We are saddened by the untimely passing of Linsdey, and hope everyone will continue to pray for all in the University and Abilene community and her hometown of New Braunfels whose lives were blessed to have known Lindsey.

  12. Bob & Jan Tanner
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    We are friends of Deanna Romero and members of the Church of Christ in Sioux Falls, SD

  13. Jorge Romero
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    To all, I would like to thank you all for your prayers, calls, and support. Please remember the other 4 ACU students currently under recovery and the other driver killed as well. Today, attending Chapel at ACU, it was a great reminder of God’s love for all of us. In Him, Jorge Romero (Southwest Church of Christ, Omaha, Neb.)

  14. Jo Kite
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Many from York College are praying for the families of those involved in the horrible accident over the weekend at ACU. May God bless you as you deal with the grief associated with this terrible tradegy.

  15. Kelly Silander
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    My heart aches for the family of Lindsey … I attended ACU years ago and have a son who wants to in the Fall … he and I are in prayer for those involved … Lindsey with our Lord today … which is so wonderful … but those left without her are so so sad … I pray for comfort and peace that passes all understanding.

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