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Three Members of Herndon High ’14 Killed in Car Crash

by Karen Goff — August 7, 2015 at 4:58 pm 18,022 14 Comments

Kyle Mathers/Credit: HHS yearbookHolly Novak/Credit: HHS yearbookThree teenagers who graduated from  Herndon High in 2014 were killed early this morning after a driver going the wrong way slammed into their car on a Texas highway.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials confirmed Kyle Mathers, 19, Holly Novak, 18, and Dale Neibaur, 19, died in the crash near Greenville, Tex.

Two others, Kevin DiCicco, 19, and Hannah Galbraith, 18, were injured in the crash and are at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

Four of the students were former Hornet band members: Novak (drum major), Mathers (pep band manager), Neibaur (trombone section leader) and DiCicco (pit section leader), the Pride of Herndon Band Facebook page confirmed.

Novak lived with her mother in Reston and “was the sweetest and kindest girl ever,” a neighbor said. Novak was a student at Northern Virginia Community College.

Authorities said the teens were heading to a music festival when the fiery crash occurred on Interstate 30.

The teenagers’ SUV was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver at 1:50 a.m., Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Kyle Bradford said.

An 18-wheeler driving behind the accident could not stop in time and slammed into both the SUV and the wrong-way driver’s car. Both vehicles caught fire.

The wrong-way driver, identified as Kenneth G. Frazier, 78, of Royce City, Tex. was also killed in the crash, as was his dog.

Photos: Kyle Mathers, left; Holly Novak, right/Credit: Herndon High Yearbook

  • Alas

    Sounds like Kenneth shouldn’t have been driving. Too old, and/or fell asleep at the wheel.

    • Barbara Goddard

      Maybe maybe not. I’m sure it may or may not have been a factor. Just best not to speculate.

      • Henry Rearden

        At the age of 78 your mental facilities and reaction times are not what they used to be. There is no doubt it wasn’t a factor. It’s a shame too many people don’t have the courage to take the license from their elder and keep these tragedies from occuring

  • Declan Galvin

    I went to school with them and this is just…wow it’s hard to believe this happened to people I knew

    • Alex Guevara

      I know what you mean kyle and i went to the same elementry school up until herndon high

  • rob g

    seems like only yesterday kyle rowley was killed in a car accident. so sad to see it happen again.. to 3 people…

  • I’m gonna miss Kyle. Dear friend, confidante, and one of the nicest guys out there.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Horrible accident 🙁 So sorry to hear this.

  • Henry Rearden

    A 78 year old man should not be driving an 18-wheeler.

    • Karen Goff

      The 78 year old was not driving an 18 wheeler. The 18 wheeler hit both the teens and the older man after that crash.

      • Henry Rearden

        My apologies, nevertheless a 78 year old man should be in the the nursing home not causing fatal accidents. He had a selfish 78 years and those poor youths didn’t even get 20

        • Julia Kolb

          Have respect for the dead. It’s not like they crashed into each other on purpose. Also, putting your family members in a nursing home is a last resort when they can’t live independently anymore, like if they have severe Alzheimers. The man’s age doesn’t even matter, that could have been anyone, even another highschooler, in his place. All of the dead in that crash have family that are mourning, not just the ones local to Reston.

    • cosmo

      I’ve been told that the whole DFW area has very poor signage in work zones and some of the ramps can be quite confusing. That, combined with the age of the driver, likely contributed.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Rest in peace, Kyle Mathers, Holly Novak, and Dale Neibaur. My condolences to your families, friends and acquaintances.

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