College Station, TX Pickup Hits Crowd, Oct 1999
CRASH KILLS SIX STUDENTS.
College Station - Six college students, including four from Baylor University, died early Sunday when a pickup driver fell asleep and stuck a group headed into a fraternity party.
The driver, Texas A & M student, BRANDON MICHAEL KALLMEYER, 18, of Katy, veered off Farm Road 60 about two miles west of the campus just after midnight, said College Station police Maj. Mike Patterson.
The truck plowed into people getting out of their cars or walking to the party hours after Texas A & M's football team played Baylor. The pickup sideswiped two parked cars and struck a third.
The victims, students from Baylor, Texas A & M and Southwest Texas State, had parked along the four-lane highway to attend a party at the Tau Kappa Epsilon house.
"We could hear screaming and stuff, but at first we didn't have any idea he was running over people," said Daniel Lara, 22, a student who lives in a house next to the fraternity. "We walked out and saw bodies all over the place."
Five students died at the scene and a sixth at a hospital. Two others were injured. ERIK GARZA, 22, was hospitalized with a broken pelvis and DAVID GAMRADT, 22, was treated at a hospital and released.
The dead Baylor students were identified as EMILY HOLLISTER, 18, of South Bend, Ind.; TRICIA LYNN CALP, 18, of Houston; DOLAN WALTER WOSTAL III, 22, of Alvin; and ERIKA MICHELE LANHAM, 18, of Fort Collins, Colo.
Also killed were WILLIAM FLORES, 22, of San Marcus, a student at Southwest Texas; and TED BRUTON, 21, of San Angelo, a student at A & M.
Two students who witnessed the crash said they worked in vain to save one woman's life.
"I'll never forget looking at that girl's face," said Tara Martin, a Texas A & M sophomore who was arriving at the party with Blinn College freshman Arissa Hill when the crash happened.
"Their shoes were in perfect place from where they were walking," Hill said. "Words can't describe what we're going through right now. Patterson said KALLMEYER had just driven his girlfriend to a bed and breakfast where her parents were staying in Independence, 25 miles south of College Station. He was returning to campus when he fell asleep.
Police gave KALLMEYER, who was not injured in the crash, a blood-alcohol test and found that he apparently had not been drinking.
About 200 people were attending the party.
Longview News-Journal Texas 1999-10-11