By Jared Fields, Managing Editor
Former ACU student and Cooper High School graduate Zachary Pierce Robinson was killed in a car-wreck early Sunday morning at Capitol Avenue and North Clack Street.
Robinson, 20, was transported to Hendrick Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:55 a.m. A friend and fellow Cooper graduate, Bryce Kennedy, was also killed in the accident. The driver of the truck, 19-year-old Taylor Jones, is listed in critical condition at Hendrick.
According to an accident report filed by the Abilene Police Department, Jones’ truck was speeding southbound on Highway 83/84. Jones brushed against another car while passing it and lost control. The truck went off the road, across an on-ramp and an embankment before hitting a tree in front of a house.
The three were not wearing seat belts, and the police report said the influence of alcohol or drugs may have contributed to the accident. However, toxicology reports on the three were not available at press time. Also, no charges were filed at the time of the report.
Funeral services for Robinson will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church; a burial service will follow at Elmwood Memorial Park.
Kennedy’s funeral service is scheduled for Thursday at First Christian Church at 2:30 p.m.; a burial service will follow at the Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories.
Robinson, who was an undecided major from Abilene, first enrolled at the university in the fall of 2004. He attended until last spring, but did not enroll this fall.