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N. Texas teen killed in crash; passenger undergoes brain surgery

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A 16-year-old driver was killed Monday night in a head-on collision in Denton County.

The crash happened around 5:30 p.m. on FM 156 near Northwest High School in Justin.

Officials said the driver of a pickup truck lost control, crossed the center line and hit a car with two Northwest H.S. students inside.

Katelyn "Shyann" Hooper died at the scene. Her passenger, 16-year-old Brianna Christensen, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The truck's driver, 31-year-old April Seleska, was also seriously hurt.

Christensen suffered injuries and had brain surgery on Tuesday to relieve swelling in her head.

Tuesday night, her mother took to Facebook regarding Christensen's status, writing, "Good evening everyone! The messages, texts, posts, visits, and prayers are all treasured beyond measure. Thank you so much!!! Brianna is resting well. Her numbers are all good but she has a bit of a fever that they are treating. She has some movement on her right side, but not much on the left -- which is to be expected as the brain injury is on the right. I want everyone to know that although I haven't responded to individual messages, we are reading them all and we appreciate them all so very much. Everyone have a good night's sleep and pray for our Northwest students as they go back to school tomorrow. Love y'all."

Members of the Northwest High School girls' basketball team waited at the hospital for Christensen, their teammate, to recover Tuesday.

"She's a part of the family," said Christensen's friend, Alexus Brigham. "She's just one of us, this family. You have to come and support your family."

Hooper also played varsity basketball, and was coming home from her first day of track practice when the accident happened.

Marley Floyd and Hooper were best of friends.

"She is very, very selfless," said Floyd. "She always put people first, before her."

"She was a fun-loving girl," said Grant Bowles, Hooper's uncle. "She loved Jesus, she loved her family, she loved basketball, she loved sports of all kinds."

Hooper's classmates were stunned by the news of her death.

"Shyann was loved by her teammates and school. She will be deeply missed and always remembered as a part of the Lady Texan basketball family. Our prayers go out to the families and friends of both young ladies, and we ask for continued prayers for the both families and Brianna's recovery," said Head Basketball Coach Rusty Johnson.

The principal at Northwest said extra counselors would be on hand to help students.

Hooper's family said she wanted to go to Baylor University and become a nurse.

The Department of Public Safety said it is still investigating the crash, but said conditions were not good on Monday night and weather contributed to the wreck.

Wednesday morning at 8:15 a.m., there will be a prayer circle at Northwest High School; Wednesday night, a candlelight service will be held at Aurora Baptist Church at 6:45 p.m. and Friday, a memorial service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in Denton.

Northwest ISD was closed Tuesday due to weather, but the school set up a counseling hotline for students.

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